STYLE: Rock Progressivo Italiano
FORMAT: APE (Image + Log + .Cue + Scans + 5% Recovery)
SIZE: 462 Mb
THE BAND: Fabio Zuffanti - guitars, bass, bass pedals, keyboards, vocals; Stefano Marelli - lead & classical guitars, choir; Osvaldo Giordano - keyboards; Boris Valle - piano, Minimoog; Marco Moro - flute; Edmond Romano - sax, recorders, Tin whistle, Bodhram; Andrea Orlando - drums, percussions; Claudio Castellini - vocals on " The Rime...", choirs; Victoria Heward, Lorendana Villanacci, Marilisa Villanacci, Marzia Sidri - choirs
First of all, nothing is either weak or boring here, even the longer tracks, "The Dream" and the closer, "Ellipsis". The former starts the CD off with alternating classically inspired instrumental movements, gently melded male/female vocals, recorder backings, lusciously plodding mellotron themes, and memorable melodies both of a vocal and instrumental nature, a cornucopia of delights for symphonic prog fans. I too have heard negative reports of the vocalist but personally think he fits fine with the music. The changes in mood are handled well and do not seem haphazardly inserted for shock value or just to impress the musicians among us.
"Mirrorcloud" is a simply gorgeous heavily mellotron dominated song with a lead guitar theme to die for. It's very mystical sounding and also includes some of the aforementioned recorder and other gentle wind instruments in the break. It is probably my favourite on the disk, along with the folk-influenced and catchy "Rime of the Ancient Mariner" Part 2. "Season of Eve" also has many beautiful moments. In fact as I listen to this album for the first time in a while for review purposes, it strikes me even better than I remembered it. And that in itself is the highest praise.
1. The Dream (24:21)
2. Mirrorcloud (8:47)
3. Season of Eve (8:34)
4. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner pt. II (8:52)
5. There's a Certain Slant of Light (2:20)
6. Ellipsis (17:26)
Fabio Zuffanti - guitars, bass, bass pedals, keyboards, vocals
Stefano Marelli - lead & classical guitars, choir
Osvaldo Giordano - keyboards
Boris Valle - piano, Minimoog
Marco Moro - flute
Edmond Romano - sax, recorders, Tin whistle, Bodhram
Andrea Orlando - drums, percussions
Claudio Castellini - vocals on " The Rime...", choirs
Victoria Heward, Lorendana Villanacci, Marilisa Villanacci, Marzia Sidri - choirs
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