The longer suites contain everything from smooth jazzy meanderings, playful grooves, ambient dreamy atmospheres and ethnic flavours with stirring electric guitar soloing and shimmering keyboards. Other shorter numbers are energetic jazz-fusion workouts and quirky eclectic rockers. The constant use of flute and classical piano aligns the band with numerous other RPI greats, and it is comparable to the recent debut by Progenesi. It works equally well as a background listen or a compelling musical experience, and despite incorporating a range of styles, the album holds together as a cohesive whole.
Highly recommended to fans of daring and unpredictable instrumental music, the Mad Fellaz are a professional and talented young band brimming with endless potential, already producing exquisite and sophisticated cultured progressive music. "Mad Fellaz II" is generously seasoned with the complex flavours of Canterbury styled prog and at times is lightly spiced with the drive and aggression of rock. Above all else, it is an album that displays the freedom of spirit that the inclusion of jazz influences can provide. Mad Fellaz II is an album that combines the best elements of Canterbury styled prog with the warming reassuring predictability and challenging unpredictability that an infusion of jazz and rock influences can offer. The addition of a vocalist on Mad Fellaz II sees the band also move towards a style that is sometimes akin to Thieves Kitchen.
On some occasions singer Anna Farronato has a tone and range that is reminiscent of Amy Darby. At other times though, her vocal delivery has hint of the style of Dagmar Krause or Bent Knee's Courtney Swain. This is particularly noticeable in the wonderfully enigmatic track Blood Pressure II and in the more up tempo parts of the outstanding OVO. The introduction of vocal parts on Mad Fellaz II gives the band a whole new dimension of sounds and Farronato's performance is impressive. Her expressive ability makes Mad Fellaz II an album that should appeal to those who enjoy the use of the voice as an instrument in its own right, or as a rich embellishment to an already varied instrumental canvas.
The palate of the band has evolved and has become more varied; where keys, guitar, flute and sax provide some outstanding individual and collective ensemble moments. The flute is not as prevalent in this album as the first, but it still bursts through on occasions with enough kick tongued energy to give parts of the album a raw fluted rock aftertaste. Its surprising entry into the impressive opening track is both exciting and effective. http://www.madfellaz.com Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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