Friday 23 February 2018

Notabene - Sei Lacrime d'Ambra (2007)

The second and final album from this Italian band.

The band was a quintet with a lineup of guitars, mandolin, stick, bass, drums, keyboards and Italian vocals.

I really enjoyed their 2005 self-titled debut album. You can read my review here.

That album was a very lively album, incorporating jazz and psych into their Rock Progressive Italiano (RPI). A strange, but good album indeed.

The band has cut back on the jazz and psych excesses on this album and gone for a more straight RPI sound..... and music.

There are some heavy prog here too. But most of the music is guitars and organic keyboards based music with the vocals on the top. There is even some mandolin here.

The music is slightly dark and sinister on this one hour long album too.

The songs are more like suites than songs. There is long dynamic instrumental parts between the vocals too. There is a lot of timeshifts and change of themes.

This is an enjoyable album and my only gripe is the lack of any great songs. Check out this album if RPI and symphonic prog is your thing.

3 points

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