While it's one of the better tracks, with plenty of twisting and turning infectious up-tempo energy, some oriental themes that pop up here and there throughout are a little baffling, and one or two spots where the group take on a squealing female-like chorus is excruciating. It's made borderline unlistenable by another forced lead vocal and a confusingly oriental-like wail, a shame because the actual tune and playing is lovely. A more restrained vocal throughout the earlier minutes would have made it even more special, but it's another of real standout moments on the album.
If you decide to investigate Acqua Fragile, the better of their two studio albums is the debut, so be sure to go for that one first. Two and a half stars, barely rounded up to three for the final two tracks and the overall musicianship lurking throughout the album. Review by Conor Fynes Prog Reviewer. Italy's Acqua Fragile delivered a fairly unassuming facsimile of the British symphonic prog sound over the course of two albums.
Although their vocalist Bernardo Lanzetti's future participation on Premiata Forneria Marconi's English-language albums might make for a greater claim to fame than the music itself, Acqua Fragile demonstrated some excellent musicianship and an ability to capture some of the same pastoral magic as the giants they hoped to emulate. The band's second album "Mass Media Stars" does nothing to avert or disprove the common criticism of Acqua Fragile as a 'Genesis clone', but lively musicianship and fairly memorable songwriting makes the record worth checking out for proggers outside the RPI inner circle.
Although the same could be said for many lesser-known prog acts, Acqua Fragile's sound seems split between the likes of Yes and Genesis. It's a comparison that should spark groans from many who have heard the same comparisons made for every 'typical' prog rock act, but there are few I've heard that follow the footsteps so accurately. The guitars are filled with a bright electric twang you might hear delivered by Yes guitarist Steve Howe.
On the flipside, the acoustic guitars here are evidently influenced by Genesis' Steve Hackett. Again, it contrasts with the following "Education Story" which is much darker, almost scary. VDGG again mixed with some enjoyable violin play.
The closing number is the more achieved and complex of the whole: GG, Genesis again are on the menu. Quite upbeat passages, but not only for this quite well arranged track. It changes often from theme but the whole is still very consistent. This work is not very original but it offers some good chunk of nostalgia for some old freak as I am.
Therefore, I rate it with three stars. You won't miss anything if you never listen to it, but if you come close to this work, why not giving it a spin? A criticism sometimes levelled at the band is their lack of an authentic Italian sound.
This is true as their sound has a much more British feel and parallels can be drawn with early Genesis and Gentle Giant in particular. However taken on its own terms, this, their eponymous debut released in is a very good album and well worth seeking out. The aforementioned Genesis influences are immediately apparent on opener Morning Comes which starts with a mellow pastoral vibe like on Trespass.
The track packs a considerable punch however with some powerful instrumental work including pleasing organ and guitar solo and good use of light and shade; dynamic stuff indeed. Comic Strips is where the Gentle Giant influences first become apparent with the quirky vocal lines and jittery structure. It won't go unnoticed by fans of Family how Lanzetti's vocals bear a resemblance to Roger Chapman with plenty of tremolo in his delivery.
Science Fiction Suite is all about the vocals, harmonising over an acoustic guitar backing. Song From A Picture is a lovely piece, mellow and tastefully played.
Education Story is more powerful with a unison guitar and organ riff. It doesn't sit in one place too long however and runs through plenty of changes for such a short song, by prog standards anyway. Going Out is another acoustic track and they save the longest until last with the eight minute Three Hands Man.
More vocal harmonies overlay a complex instrumental structure. It twists and turns through many changes and an exciting instrumental workout. A great way to close. Sunday 26 April Monday 27 April Tuesday 28 April Wednesday 29 April Thursday 30 April Friday 1 May Saturday 2 May Sunday 3 May Monday 4 May Tuesday 5 May Wednesday 6 May Thursday 7 May Friday 8 May Saturday 9 May Sunday 10 May Monday 11 May Tuesday 12 May Wednesday 13 May Thursday 14 May Friday 15 May Saturday 16 May Sunday 17 May Monday 18 May Tuesday 19 May Wednesday 20 May Thursday 21 May Friday 22 May Saturday 23 May Sunday 24 May Monday 25 May Tuesday 26 May Wednesday 27 May Thursday 28 May Friday 29 May Saturday 30 May Sunday 31 May Monday 1 June Tuesday 2 June Thursday 4 June Friday 5 June Saturday 6 June Sunday 7 June Your Amazon Music account is currently associated with a different marketplace.
Previous 1 2 3 4 Next. Back to top. Get to Know Us. Top Albums More Formats No results were found for that selection. Morning Comes. Three Hands Man. The same label issued the third studio album, A new chant , in Click on pictures to enlarge. The site of the group is www. Quelli della Numero Uno with Song from a picture. Acqua Fragile - front cover. Acqua Fragile - poster cover.Acqua Fragile, an Album by Acqua Fragile. Released in June on Numero Uno (catalog no. DZSLN ; Vinyl LP). Genres: Progressive Rock.