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CARICATURES

Ange

 

Symphonic Prog

3.79 | 91 ratings

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AdamHearst
2 stars The meager beginnings of a brilliant band.

Ange's songcraft hadn't fuller developed on this debut... the ensemble playing is a bit weak at times as well. All the ingredients that made this band great are present, they just didn't come into their own until the second album.

The instrumental opener 'Biafra' is a good start: it's doomy and Crimson-heavy. I wish they would have developed this song further, it's too short.

'Tels Quels' is a sloppy disaster, and my least favorite Ange song ever. An ugly little organ riff repeats ad nauseum over a rickety slapdash beat. It sputters on and on... starting and stopping and never building momentum... and ultimately never goes anywhere. The only good part is the vocals; Christian Descamps' uncanny vocal talent is already in full effect... his bandmates just needed more time to catch up.

The dark but tranquil acoustic ballad, 'Le soir du Diable', is the best song on the album by far. Brooding and mystical; this track really pulls you in and puts your head in a daze.

After an interesting Jim Morrison-esque spoken-word intro, the title track goes downhill pretty fast. There are decent sections and themes, but the band never manage to pull them together into something cohesive... it's just plodding and dull. The second shot of 'Biafra' which closes the album is even worse.

If you're new to this band, i strongly recommend that you start with another album: 'Au-delà du Délire' or 'Le Cimetière des Arlequins' are much better introductions.

AdamHearst | 2/5 |

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