Monday 18 September 2017
Premiata Forneria Marconi - Suonare Suonare (1980)
The tenth album from this Italian band.
The band (PFM) was a quintet on this album with a lineup of guitars, bass, drums, cello, keyboards, violin, viola, percussions and Italian vocals.
Bernardo Lanzetti had left the band and given the microphone to Franco Mussida. Franco is a good vocalist when it comes to the music on this album.
It feels like PFM on this album is a totally different band from the band who eight years earlier gave us the excellent Per Un Amico album. The change between different styles and genres was to a large extent the trademark of this band. Which is a bit frustrating if you started to love this band on Per Un Amico....... Like I did.
Suanare Suonare has often been compared to a half decent Elton John album. Which is a bit harsh.... It is fair to say that the music on this album is Italian pop-rock. And yes, with a lot of Elton John influences.
This album is mostly rooted in the Italian pop tradition with a lot of Italian folk music influences. And the music is not too bad at all. There are some fairly decent to good songs here on this forty-five minutes long album. But it is not a good album by any means.