Compared to the "Photos of Ghost" album, the progressive rock tracks here are more loaded and more powerful. There are still some relaxing mellow moments, however slightly less delicate. The instruments like the bass and the drums participate more actively to more complex and straight forward progressive patterns: there is a new bassist here and he sounds much more elaborated and fast. The guitar is often more incisive. There are still some very good violin and flute parts. There is a beautiful accordion and impossible fast bass parts on "Is my face on straight?". "Mountain", although having a lengthy start, is VERY progressive, and full of graceful and magic moments. "Just look away" is a beautiful mellow track reminding Genesis' Nursery Cryme. The "The world became the world" track, having intensely floating mellotron, sounds a bit like early King Crimson". "Four holes in the ground" starts with a killer structured progressive part; a Yes-like part circa Fragile then makes a good rhythmic section. The fast, complex and progressive "Is my face on straight" is the key track for the orientation of the next album "Chocolate kings". "Have your cake and beat it" is the worst track: it is a gross technical performance attempt; it has in the middle of the track some good Fender Rhodes notes; it ends with a dullish floating monotonous organ and some barely perceptible electric guitar notes.
Rating: 4.5 stars http://www.progarchives.com
Track Listing: 1. The mountain (10:42) 2. Just look away (4:00) 3. The world became the world (4:44) 4. Four holes in the ground (6:21) 5. Is my face on straight (6:17) 6. Have your cake and beat it (7:17)
The Band: - Franz Di Cioccio / drums, percussion, vocals - Jan Patrick Djivas / bass, vocals - Franco Mussida / guitars, lead vocals - Mauro Pagani / woodwind, violin, vocals - Flavio Premoli / keyboards, lead vocals