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L'OEIL

Patrick Forgas

 

Jazz Rock/Fusion

1.14 | 3 ratings

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Sean Trane
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Prog Folk
1 stars After a lengthy stop in his career, Forgas came back in the early 90's for a couple of albums, L-Oeuil being the first of the two. Strangely enough Forgas chose to re-work with Tilleman (the better of the two violinist he had used on his debut album), but he did not contact the other former collabs. In either case, of all the guests, the stand out is clearly Gong's Didier Malherbe.

As usual with such a type of project, Forgas (atural multi-instrumentalist) chose to play the vast majority of instruments, meaning he also chose to cut costs of some more, including drums and bass. Remembered we are still at the start of the 90's where these were common practices (from Ain Soph to David Cross, sampling and bad synths were deemed cool as even Malherbe screws around with them ). Sparing the atrocity of describing you track per track, just know that Forgas's supposed admiration for Wyatt's persona is really mostly vocal and again not that evident (except on a few spots), but musically we are in a jazzy feel, but very close to awful pop stuff also, some (Electro-short) even sounding new wave some ten years too late. The album comes with two "bonus" tracks supposedly from the 70's, but rearranged and souped up to fit the wanted modern ambiances. While just as excruciatingly bad as the rest of the album, they cannot help save the album either, as it is difficult to believe those two tracks were written back then. Well My trip is supposed to be a rework or first version of the track of his 77 album, but it is unrecognisable from its vinyl version. Forgas will again exploit that track to a much better result in his following album Art D'Echo.

Strangely enough (or maybe not;-) after a second album, Forgas' career will come to another stop and he will give another kick-start by starting his Forgas Phenomena Band around the millennium, this band still playing nowadays. Best avoided if you ask me, this was probably not helping Musea's plight to survive, L'Oeuil being one of their worse release. Avoid at all cost, really!!!

Sean Trane | 1/5 |

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