Tuesday 24 October 2017
Premiata Forneria Marconi - Ulisse (1997)
The 14th album from this Italian band.
The band was a quartet on this album with a lineup of guitars, bass, piano, organ, synths, percussion, drums and Italian vocals.
The band took a twelve years long break after the hideous bad Miss Baker album from 1987. See my review of that album and my other reviews of Premiata Forneria Marconi albums somewhere else in this blog.
The band was once a great progressive rock band. But they went more commercial after a while. Just like Genesis, one of their peers. The result has been some dubious albums during the 1980s.
The new start was also the re-birth of the progressive rock scene where people like myself and many others was listening to their first albums in pure awe and admiration.
The band still comes up with an album like Ulisse. From what I have heard, it is their final album from their years in the wilderness. And it shows.
Ulisse is fifty minutes long album with Italian pop and pop-rock. There is a lot of Italian vocal harmonies and very radio friendly songs here. The music is an overload of sweet music. Music which does not engage the brain.
This album is not a turkey as it shows some signs of improvements. But it runs close to my turkey yard and I am very happy to put this album into the darkest corner of my record collection. That is where it will remain.