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JET LAG

Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM)

 

Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.17 | 261 ratings

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Walkscore
2 stars Decent music, but the singing ruins it.

This is the second album w/ singer Bernardo Lanzetti. The music is actually pretty decent in most places, but the singing RUINS it. Unfortunately, on this album Lanzetti really exaggerates his vibrato at every turn, making otherwise just-weak vocals now completely unlistenable. Maybe they thought this would differentiate the new electric PFM sound from the other prog-rock bands, or make PFM sound identifiably Italian, or something, but it just doesn't work. Songs like "Jet Lag" and "Traveler" could have been decent, but are *completely* ruined. In fact, the only vocal song I can listen to on this album is "Cerco La Lingua", on which the vibrato is not quite so over-done. Otherwise, it is the instrumentals that are worth hearing. The opener, "Peninsula", a short acoustic guitar instrumental, is the best track on the album, followed by the fusion-y Meridiani (which has some great jazzy bass playing and a good guitar solo). The song "Left-Handed Theory" has a vocal, but that only appears in the middle third of the piece, so if you cut that out (easily done in the age of digital nowadays), you get another great instrumental track. But those 4 pieces are pretty-much it. This is on the low end of 2 PA stars. I give it 3.6 out of 10 on my 10-point scale.

Walkscore | 2/5 |

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