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2.78 | 8 ratings | 3 reviews | 0% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1995

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Seven seasons (7:15)
2. From the edge of a rainbow... (4:26)
3. Still (2:55)
4. Reflections (2:53)
5. Late for nowhere (3:35)
6. Mist secret (1:56)
7. (Livin') borrowed time (5:20)
8. Voice of the snow (4:58)
9. Springtime again! (2:25)
10. Strange little baby (4:54)
11. Shadowspell (4:43)
12. I know what I like (4:13)
13. Nagual (5:20)
14. Hey Jack (a season of wars) (7:25)
15. ... to the rainbow's end (6:55)

Total Time: 69:13

Total time: 68:58

Line-up / Musicians

- Alberto Callegari / bass, mandoline, flute, backing vocals, keyboards, samplers moosheño
- Paolo Lisé / drums, percussion
- Barbara Martini / keyboards, harmonium, bandoneum, backing vocals
- Luca Sabia / vocals, guitars

- Matteo Belmonti / bassoon (8)
- Elena Bensi / cello (8)
- Massimo Braghieri / electric piano (11)
- Marco Marandotti / keyboards (14)

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ART AND ILLUSION Seasons ratings distribution

(8 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(0%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(25%)
Good, but non-essential (38%)
Collectors/fans only (25%)
Poor. Only for completionists (12%)

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Review by Prog-jester
2 stars Probably their highlight. I mean it's the same way boring and badly played and composed as all they've done, but you may happen to like some tunes and pieces here. The best song here is "I know what I like" - somehow they've managed to preserve its atmosphere and didn't ruin the impression...anyway these guys are 100000 miles behind GENESIS' worst efforts. Don't get me wrong , I don't want to hurt anybody...Just face it: ART AND ILLUSION are here BY A TERRIBLE MISTAKE. Not recommended to anybody.Better buy yourself some donuts
Review by Neu!mann
3 stars I can hear the argument already: how good can any album be if the band is giving it away for free? In this case better than you might expect, and certainly more worthwhile than some reviewers would have you believe.

It's easily the most polished of the band's three studio albums (all of them available for complimentary download from their web site), if sometimes the least appealing musically. The stripped down simplicity of their earliest efforts (think of an unplugged MARILLION) is missed, replaced here by a polyester-smooth production and the occasional detour into the same ersatz jazzy pop of groups like STEELY DAN.

Elsewhere their sound is lush and romantic, and hardly Italian at all (the songs are all in English). But this was always a band that took unabashed pride in its role models: chiefly GENESIS and solo PETER GABRIEL, filtered through a warm Neo-Prog sieve.

Never mind the more commercial pap ("Shadowspell"; "Still") and concentrate on the better cuts: the album opener "Seven Seasons", with its groovy 12-string guitar intro and unexpected ambient fade-out; the lilting acoustic folk-pop of "Springtime Again!"; and "Reflections", one of several numbers with a rhythm track that wouldn't sound out of place on a PETER GABRIEL album. There's even a decent cover of the early GENESIS hit "I Know What I Like", a throwback to their days as a tribute album group-for-hire.

Apparently Art and Illusion began its life as a hard-working Prog cover band, playing old GENESIS chestnuts at a time when Phil Collins and company were touring sold-out stadiums around the world (with inferior music). To which I can only say three cheers for the struggling underdog, especially one with enough faith in its own music to give it away free on-line.

Latest members reviews

4 stars "Seasons" has been spun over and over again in my bedroom over the past few months. It is a very nice record with some great songs. There is nothing groundbreaking here, but the album is a very pleasant and easy listen. The influences of this band are evident, but there is a lot of originality ... (read more)

Report this review (#906519) | Posted by The Mystical | Tuesday, February 5, 2013 | Review Permanlink

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