Wednesday 6 September 2017

Premiata Forneria Marconi - Passpartù (1978)

The ninth studio album from this Italian band.

Premiata Forneria Marconi was a quintet on this album with a lineup of guitars, cowbells, bass, drums, percussions, harpsiscord, synths, moog, organ, piano and Italian vocals. They also had some guest musicians who also added saxophones, congas and more synths and moog.

These giants in Italian symphonic prog is just about to release their new album. I am running through their discography this summer and autumn. I have come to album # 9. You will find many other reviews of their albums somewhere else in this blog and in # 1 of this blog.

I love their first albums and regard them as absolute classics. I have my reservations towards some of their later albums, though.

The band has dived into a lot of different genres and styles during their many years... and I wonder how their new 2017 album will sound. On Passpartu they are back in Italian vocals and music again after not finding the grass much greener in the English speaking world.

Take some Italian pop and folk rock. Add in some Latin rock and Italian symphonic prog too and you will end up something like Passpartu. The music is uncomplicated, light and not so great.

There is not much good music here too. It is clearly appealing to the massmarket in Italy as it has some of the qualities which Angelo Branduardi played on when he got his breakthrough.
That said, this is not a bad album. It is somewhere between decent and good. Check it out.

2.5 points 

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