Mike McLatchey    16-August-2002 Weak Waving

I had to review this one in private so my friends wouldn't make fun of me. Maybe it's time to send one of these bands an English-speaking vocalist singing in Italian to show them just how embarassing it can be when a singer doesn't have command of the language they're trying to sing in. While Fancyfluid improved somewhat later on (their second album King's Journey (Musea FGBG 4065) is supposed to be a big step up, and their contribution to Fafnir (reviewed below) is much better than anything on Weak Waving (Musea FGBG 4036)), their debut album exemplifies the drastic effects a poorly-trained vocalist can have to the detriment of the music. Fancyfluid is strongly influenced by English 80s styled neo-prog with hints of IQ and Marillion, yet they execute in such a way as to be awkward, clumsy, and amateurish. If they could just forget about Jesters and Pallas and Asia-like pop songs, they could remotely enter the realm of interesting.

(originally reviewed as part of The New Italian Progressive Rock Scene - Part 2, Exposť #4, p. 10, Edited for Gnosis 4/28/01)

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