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




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4.35 | 1193 ratings

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A very rare and original stuff here! I discovered this band 2 months ago. Well, the music seems here to be from one or two centuries ago . It's a material designed to be listened standing on a porch, with a beautiful landscape in front of your eyes....and dreaming to the girl of your life. For me, this canadian sextet means poetry meeting music with classic influences. I like very much the lyrics in French language; it does nothing but increasing the dose of melancholy and longing for something beautiful and in the same time, weird...The mixture of classic and acoustic instruments such as flute, acoustic guitar with electronic instruments such as Mellotron and synth is a complete success IMO. The first song made the entrance with the romantic style of the band. The voice is well adapted itself to the music. Very excellent flute intro and the musical spectrum is very romantic. There are lot of folk influences alongside the entire album. Dixie is typically a rhytmic song, not specific to the entire album. Almost I'd like to pass over it. En plein Face is standing at the same level of folk music foundation, mostly the introducing of acordeon is reasonable. Basically, there are 2 songs which are essential and true masterpieces of progressive music: Depuis L'Autonne and Histoire sans Paroles. The key-song is, beyond doubt, Histoire sans Paroles. It is here that we meet the definition of progressive music. The finest guitar sound and the harmony of flute and Mellotron all together with the vocalisations are unique and it predisposes anyone to day dreams and inner silence.

Actually, the sound in general is rather acoustic, not a trace of any sound of electric guitar, only the use of Mellotron and synthesisers make the music more adapted to the 70's. Not bad at all, but I think 5 stars is a little to much for this album, even if the general impression is that of a masterpiece. I listened and listened Si On avait....again and again and the conclusion is that only songs No.3 and 5 must be rated 5 stars,IMO. Sorry, folks!

Sachis | 4/5 |


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