It’s only taken Acqua Fragile 44
years to reform and release a new album (and we thought Guns N Roses took their time).
A New Chant features some
incredible guest talent alongside the original members Piero Canavera,
Franz Dondi and Bernardo Lanzetti. Acclaimed musicians Tango Spleen and
Grammy Award winning drummer Jonathan Mover join the lyrical prowess
of Pete Sinfield (whose lyrics have featured on albums by King Crimson,
ELP & PFM) and Nick Clabburn (who has penned lyrics for Steve Hackett &
Musically, this album sits
with some of the best progressive rock albums of not only the 70’s but also of
the current decade.
For a 40 minute album and 44
years in the making,A New Chant features
some of the most complex and exciting music since Dream Theaters When
Dream and Day Unite. Especially with the track Wear Your Car Proudly. It’s heavy
and complicated. Coupled withthunderous
drums and driving bass along with Bernados vocal is quite simply jaw dropping.
A New Chant had me salivating as
soon as My Forte opened
the album. With its soft dramatic piano and tribal drum rhythm overlayed with
acoustic guitar and viola. Nothing had prepared me for this attack on my aural
The beautiful Rain Drops and the following All Rise are prime examples of very
little does quite a lot, which is a total juxtaposition of the afore-mentioned Wear Your Car Proudly
It’s quite easy to throw
around the clichés of technical, virtuosity and genius phrases, however there
is nothing else that really comes close to describing this album. The whole
opus is a masterpiece. Acqua Fragile have
produced what is quite simply a recitation of a scholarly nature that
they’ve broken the prog rock mold.
There are so many highlights
to this album it’s hard to pick one out. It has to be heard as words alone
simply cannot do this recording any justice at all. Quite simply, just buy this album.