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Catherine Ribeiro & Alpes


Psychedelic/Space Rock

4.11 | 49 ratings

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4 stars Chanson, folk, symphonic rock in the vein of early Pink Floyd, a hint at Canterbury and arousing political poetry; this album is a truly original record in the classic progressive rock era. Catherine Ribeiro can sing beautifully, but will often to choose to almost 'primal scream' her way through the most intense moments! The gives the album a real sense of authenticity, which is often missing in smaller prog groups of the seventies.

The two shorter tracks in the beginning of the album are highlights, especially the melodic and fierce symphonic folksong 'Jusqu'' Ce Que la Foce de T'Aimer Me Manque'. The album continues to deliver two long symphonic pieces in which the band combines spacey atmospheres, spoken word (or rather political arousal) and gothic vocals. The power lies in the minimalist approach of the group, which creates a warm symphonic bath. Almost like a cleansing ritual for the mind. The music excites by keeping a few musical themes relevant by constantly raising the stakes. Perhaps Ribeiro & Alpes are so flexible because of the few instruments they use; often you'll only hear an organ, a bass guitar and a hand drum. Perhaps a bit like Robert Wyatt's Rock Bottom.

The recording of this album is good as long as you listen to it in a room with speakers. This is partly because of the sound and partly because of the ritualistic feel of the music. I don't know whom to recommend this music to, but I myself became quite attached to this record and its predecessor 'Ame Debout'.

friso | 4/5 |


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