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Area - 1978 - Gli Dei Se Ne Vanno, Gli Arrabbiati Restano! CD (album) cover




Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.89 | 153 ratings

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3 stars This album is my first impression of this legendary band. I am left with mixed feelings.

Area is said to be on the avant-garde side of the RPI scene. Hence, I bought this and some other Area albums. But based on this album, they are more Canterbury that avant-garde. But this is not a typical Area album, I have been advised by others in PA. The music is pretty playful and funny. The vocalist is more making noises than singing. I guess the lyrics are pretty weird too. The music is a mix of RPI and jazz with some forays into avant-garde. The musicianship is pretty good throughout. The drummer is pretty overworked with rapid changes in style and mood.

So far, so good. The problem is the songs. I am not able to connect with the material here, even after the customary ten listening sessions over a couple of weeks. The music seems too fractured and too unfocused. But by all means, this is a good album. But it is not a great album by any standard. To put it simply, I do not get the greatness factor here. But it is still an album well worth checking out. It has not scared me from the rest of Area's creative output.

3 stars

toroddfuglesteg | 3/5 |


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