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The Night Watch: Twilight (CD, 49:19); Lizard CD 5490072 import Bravo!! It was a pleasure getting to know this release. Like finding an old art gallery full well-crafted curios from exotic lands, I wondered back and forth through this CD finding new treasures each time through. Simone Rossetti's vocals are a blend of the Jet Lag/Choclate Kings period of PFM and Peter Gabriel's early solo efforts. The overall mood of the songs is PFM in the compositions and the storytelling lyrics. The guitars and programming by Francesco Zago are very, very Steve Hackett yet Steve Howe shines through as well in many places. Yeah, I heard that Asia thing too. Rosetti's angst-charged, chorused overdubs of his vocals are well done as well as his drop-out, hushed, theatrics for tension building and then an in-your-face echoed outburst. Cool stuff. I think back to that Echolyn punch. Giovanni Alessi on keys, Antonio Mauri on bass, and Diego Donadio on drums complete the delicately vital balance throughout. "A Game with Shifting Mirrors" throws down in a syncopated Yes battles King Crimson sans vocals. They fall back to deep mellow then come back big. Look out Fripp! Last cut, "Flowers of Innocence" is a When-the-World-became-the-World PFM piece lamenting . . . childhood's end? This is a must own if you like PFM -- well worth grabbing in its own strength. Again, bravo! ~ John W. Patterson
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