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4 stars What do you get when you have one of the most unique sounds to grace these pages of the history book of progressive rock, an avant-garde mindset, instruments and ideas spreading out, an imaginary language, and phenomenal jazz musicians? This album is the result of such a combination, probably the best combination of those elements which characterized Zeuhl pioneers, Magma. This album is diverse, exciting, and ultimately, unique, especially for its time.

As I said earlier, these musicians are incredible. This album draws a lot of its particular energy from the chanted, screamed, sung, or shrieked vocals. The chorus of voices is the most prevalent instrument on the album, which is something really cool and unique about it. The background music can get a bit repetitive over the course of a song, but those vocals, those unintelligible lyrics, that's what keeps people listening. Listening to this album is something that requires the listener's undivided attention because it is an album so complex and diverse that you can't afford to make it merely background noise, you have to really get in to it, and it is positively worth it. Usually I'm really big on melody first, but this album is a delightful exception where melody is actually tastefully replaced with bursts of atonal madness, vocals included. This album is highly dynamic, with more swells and bursts than expected by most jazz albums of the time, but this album is no ordinary album. It is in a league of its own, a league that not everyone might be up to visiting. However, if you are looking for a ride through space that is exciting, truly experimental, and you are ready for a ride with one of progressive rock's premier creative forces, this journey to escape the planet should find its way to your collection.

moreitsythanyou | 4/5 |


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