Emo­tional Tat­toos

Classic Rock - - The Hard Stuff Albums - Hugh Fielder

Ital­ian prog leg­ends re­turn to the 70s.

Af­ter a cou­ple of con­trived al­bums that sug­gested the band’s im­pe­tus was wan­ing, Ital­ian prog leg­ends PFM have gone back to their 70s hey­day for Emo­tional Tat­toos, and have re­gain­ing much of their vigour in the process.

With two mem­bers from that hal­cyon era still in the line-up, the band have homed in on the late 70s with an em­pha­sis on melodic rock, com­plete with Mel­lotron and syn­the­siser sounds that will get an ap­pre­cia­tive nod from loyal fans.

The al­bum even fol­lows the tra­di­tional tem­plate of the decade, with a grand open­ing fol­lowed by a steady por­ten­tous bal­lad with a suit­ably at­mo­spheric in­stru­men­tal sec­tion. Any­one won­der­ing if there might be more tricks in the tail should check it out.

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