I was tempted into DFA by an introductory special on their live album, then immediately bought this after listening. This is a terrific prog record with a variety of tempo, instrumentation and melody.
I don't have a favourite track on this CD as all the tracks are outstanding. A big slice of first class prog. and D.F.A. have done well in finding their own unique style. Not as aggressive as most of the contemporary prog. bands but still powerful in delivery (just listen to the bass lines). Truly one of the best besides Anekdoten & Una Volta Eravomo.
Fittingly described as "an unmitigated success which not only re-establishes the Italian quartet as a musical force to be reckoned with, but is also certain to be acclaimed as one of the best progressive rock releases of 2008", 4TH is Italian prog legends D.F.A.'s first studio release in almost a decade. Building upon their already-stellar reputation, this fine effort sees the band expanding their musical horizons even further.The impressive quantity of musical substance on this album speaks for itself; it is abundant. The band's masterful compositional skills, finely-honed telepathic interplay, and sensitive, cascading dynamics are clearly on display and in top form. Those fans who savored the band's first two albums will welcome 4th as a worthy successor. In a number of ways it's actually superior: there is more subtlety, restraint and nuance in the instrumental performance. This enables the epic, predominantly instrumental compositions to unfold naturally and organically, as if created on the spur of the moment.After such a long hiatus from the studio, this is a fittingly superlative effort from the European prog giants.
released August 19, 2008
ALBERTO DE GRANDIS: drums, percussion, vocals (Track 5)
ALBERTO BONOMI: Hammond A-100 organ w/Leslie 760, Fender Rhodes el. piano, Steinway acoustic piano, synths, flute
SILVIO MINELLA: electric guitars
LUCA BALDASSARI: bass guitar
with Special Guests:
ELENA NULCHIS, CRISTINA LANZI & EGIDIANA CARTA ("ANDHIRA"): vocals (Track 6)
ZOLTAN SZABO: cello (Tracks 4, 6)
MARIA VICENTINI: violin, viola (Tracks 4, 6)