Sei Lacrime d'Ambra (2007) is the second album by
contemporary Italian band NotaBene.
The album runs for over an hour and contains only 6 tracks.
That running time allows for plenty of detailed arrangements
on the long multi-part epics, and means it's tailor-made for
fans of Italian symphonic prog.
Lead singer Andrea Alberici has a fine voice, deep and
confident, but there are plenty of extended instrumental
passages such as the jazzy improvisation on
LE MISTIFICAZIONI DELL'OMBRA.
The music generally has a nostalgic feel that harks
back to the '70s, but it's not just a re-hash of the classics
that seemingly influenced it. It has a fresh, modern sound
with sections of LA REVOLUTION BOURGEOISE (PARTE II) reminding me of art-rock and even synthesizer-pop.
There's also the seemingly obligatory folk influence in
the mandolin and accordion of SEI LACRIME D'AMBRA.
As far as the other songs go, LA REVOLUTION
BOURGEOISE (PARTE I) is dominated by a metal-tinged
guitar riff, MASCHERA DI CERA is a catchy mainstream
song, and the multi- section IL TRENO DI OBUDA contains
one of the album's best melodies.
This is another of those albums that sits somewhere
between good and excellent. It's accessible yet interesting,
varied yet cohesive.