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Ange - Par Les Fils De Mandrin CD (album) cover




Symphonic Prog

3.48 | 124 ratings

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5 stars Mandrin had remarkable sons, no doubt. To me, this is the more balanced album of the French band Ange. There is no musical evolution, but who wants that? This is the last good album of the band first and original sound. We all know what happened afterwards, as many other great bands in the mid 70's. If you had known the Punk was coming to sweep it all, wouldn't you have preferred to have a few more albums like this instead? As usual, Ange tells stories in their music, but in this occasion the singing is less bothering, and not because there aren`t long speeches, there are plenty, but because the voice is not hyperbolic as in other occasions, and the slow passages remain audible enough. Several themes are crafted with short chorus excerpts linking long interludes that spite of being designed for the singer, they have beautiful keyboards, guitar or flute sections, in a folkish air. The entry in the title album theme is something not to miss, or in Atlantis, or the introductory Cantique in the Hymn A La Vie. Few times in prog music the slow sections and interludes get a higher inspiration than the climax parts, and these have no loss either. Unfortunately, the sound is rather deficient; you have to squeeze your equalizer. I noticed an English edition many years later that probably had a better production, but reviewers don't seem particularly fond of it. This album deserves a careful remastering. .
poito | 5/5 |


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