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BARB-A-BAAL-A-LOO

Visible Wind

 

Neo-Prog

3.52 | 25 ratings

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kenethlevine
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3 stars Whoa, what happened?! At first listening, I despised this because of a wall of noise that I perceived everywhere. So I threw it on again expecting to tear it to shreds critically, only to find that this is actually a pretty good, unique sort of album. As a native Canadian, I relate to the group's facility with both official languages, sometimes simultaneously, but there is so much more here to uncover.

A blasting organ dominates the proceedings. When this agrees with me, as in "Lost Ideals", "Hollow Emptiness" and "The Healer", enhanced as they are with distorted guitars and even flutes, it is like wasabi burning through my nose. I want it to stop until it does, and then I want it to come back! But songs like the dreadful "Maniaquerie" verge on frenzied noise, which might appeal to some. When the organ steps aside it is for the sweet acoustic reveries of "Qui sčme le vent", and then tunes like "Dans le vide" combine the two main facets adeptly.

It is really hard to draw a fair comparison to any band or artist...in mellower Francophone moments you have a bit of Harmonium or Ere G, but the louder parts are like ELP in the sense of the organ and even the vocalist a little, but Visible Wind has a lot more oomph, as if they have some garage band credentials, but in a good way. Maybe some Procol Harum or other proto type prog is blended in too. If you are looking for something different in a song oriented package, something to claim as the first neo release you ever liked, or you enjoy melodic prog with a lot of versatility, check out Visible Wind.

kenethlevine | 3/5 |

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