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3.52 | 6 ratings

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3 stars What prevents me from rating higher this floyd-influenced album of the one-man project Zerothehero is that it sounds to me too "homemade" in the production and sometimes hasty in parts of the compositions, especially in the guitar solos. Please don't care too much to the lead guitar of the first track "Entrance". Later there are good things which deserve to be listened.

Just to mention a few, the guitar takes its revenge on "The Sky At Night" and "I Bet On The Trap" is an excellent track. "Alone on the Moon" is even better.

Even though Pink Floyd appear to be the principal influence, I hear also a bit of Camel in "Spring Calls" that's too melodic for my tastes but it's surely not bad.

What I have written about the haste in the arrangements is not true on "Floating". Let's consider that the bass is the instrument on which Carlo Barreca shows the best skills. The simple base made of just two chords is enhanced by the very good bass. Unfortunately the production doesn't help a lot as the guitar's volume is too high and makes it sound like a toy trumpet.

Please don't get me wrong: I like what I have heard on this album, it's only that the ideas are so good and promising that seeing them jeopardized by the production is really a pity.

The funky moment "Escape From Self" has a very good start with the flute (it seems to be a real flute, not an electronic surrogate) and it's where the guitar sounds better: the style is not too far from that of Andy Latimer that's one of my favorite guitarists. A track that could find a place on Rain Dances or Breathless.

"Melancholic Blues" is a nice interlude which reminds me to "The Pros and Cons of Hitch- Hiking" for the sounds, but being a blues finding reminds is very easy.

As usual in this album, when the bass takes over the leading role the result is very good. "The Discovery" is the track that I have liked more. Spacey, hypnotic and a bit dark. Exactly my pot even when the Rick Wright, as Finnforest has mentioned, seems to come to visit us with a keyboard sound that I associate to the last section of Saucerful of Secrets.

"Questions" is a short interlude of acoustic guitar followed by "To A Distant Friend" that has a strong RPI flavor mainly because of the flute over a melodic base of acoustic guitar. I think to PFM, but later the bass adds rhythm. Again I think that the guitar should have had less volume but in terms of composition this track is really excellent.

"I Had Wings" starts in a very nice way with harmonics and echoes. Here the production is quite good. The track is melodic and the bass is excellent, but the lead guitar shows in my opinion the same defects of the first track.

"Exit" is a reprise of "Entrance". It seems we are using the same door...

In few words, if reedited and with few changes in the lead guitar it would be a four stars album. Apart of few weak moments, the compositions are good and the influence of Pink Floyd is evident but not invasive. I hear it more in the choice of sounds than in the compositions that appear original. It's a very promising album. Three stars by now with my best wishes for the future things to come. Zerothehero needs just few little improvements in the production and a bit more care on the lead guitar solos to reach the excellence.

octopus-4 | 3/5 |


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