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La Torre Dell'Alchimista


Rock Progressivo Italiano

4.04 | 71 ratings

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kev rowland
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5 stars Don't let the album title provide any confusion: this is not a neo prog album, but instead is a high class RPI release that has been heavily influenced by PFM and most especially Seventies ELP. Although they do have a guest guitarist who makes the odd appearance, for the most part this is band with a highly complex rhythm section, an amazing keyboard player, and a wonderful singer. There is only one thing wrong with this album, and that is it is only fifty minutes long! I could plat this all day, probably every day. When music is as good as this, played my musicians as highly skilled as these, then it is always a delight from start to end. Melodies and counter melodies, traditional style keyboard sounds, fretless bass, incredibly deft touches on beautiful piano, a wise use of guests (the sax, when it is employed, works incredibly well). This is just so good it is hard to know where to start.

I am amazed that this album didn't make a much bigger splash when it was released in 2007, and I firmly believe that the title probably had quite a lot to do with it, as it may well have put off some people who may otherwise have investigated it. This was their second studio release, and as this had taken six years from the debut, hopefully that it is now ten years since this came out there may be another be in the works (certainly that is implied, hopefully, from their Facebook site). If you enjoy regressive progressive rock, taking you back to the heady days of the Seventies, then this is something that needs to be investigated. There is space, there is light and shade, there are dynamics and elements of real grace. I can't rate this too highly.

kev rowland | 5/5 |


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