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Harmonium - Si On Avait Besoin D'Une Cinquième Saison CD (album) cover




Symphonic Prog

4.35 | 1190 ratings

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5 stars This masterpiece out of Quebec is one of my favorite albums of all time. It features five songs, four of which correspond to the four seasons, and one which describes an imaginary fifth season.

The first track, Vert, is a great opener, beginning with an extended flute bit before opening into some beautiful acoustic guitar work and vocals (which is present all throughout the album). The second track, Dixie, is a folky faster-paced song and a somewhat sharp contrast with the remaining songs. However, I still find it enjoyable and well-done, more so than similar songs by American rock groups of the same period. The next two tracks, representing autumn and winter, are very moody and quiet but the guitar work here is, again, remarkable, and while both of these songs don't quite measure up to the finale, they are still excellent.

Which brings me to the last track, probably one of my single favorite tracks ever, if not my favorite. Histoire Sans Paroles moves smoothly from soft acoustic passages to emotional flute playing to some of the most beautiful vocal work recorded. A magnificent moment on a great album.

In conclusion, this album is a must have for almost everyone who appreciates good music, and certainly for anyone reading this review. If you don't have it already, then go get it and give it a few listens. I admit, I wasn't too impressed the first time I heard it, but after a few listens and paying a bit more attention (the music has a tendency to become background music because of its relatively quiet nature), I quickly changed my mind.

kpillai | 5/5 |


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