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Etron Fou Leloublan



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Sean Trane
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3 stars 3.5 stars really

Fourth album from this crazy outfit, usually a sax-lead rhythm section, but this time as a quartet, having again replaced the sax player (this time Bruno Mellier) but also added Jo Thirion on KBs and vocals. Yes this album and the next will surprise you a bit because a lot of vocals are female (even though it wasn't the first time there was feminine presence at EFL's mike) but also the presence of keyboards About these, they're NOT 80's keyboards, but definitely organ and piano, so rest assured that EFL remains true to themselves. With the black & red Wolf pack artwork with Leloublan (whitewolf) heading the pack, the group shorter songs (five aside), something they'd started with the previous "poumons gonflés".

Musically this album is much safer for your mental health (even if it starts the flipside with "Les Gens Sont Cons", and the opening side is about a woman depicting her husband pigging out on Christmas and puking everything later. And it should also be nicer to the average eardrums, being a lot less punk in attitude and playing a lot less with dissonances. The Chevenier/Richard pair is still working wonders but seem to take a slight back seat as there are two leading instruments, with the organ often teaming very well with the sax.. As usual with all of EFL's work, understanding French is an asset to enjoy the songs even more, but the songwriting is expressive enough to "get" the songs anyway. I've yet to see this album and its follow-up in Cd format, but no doubt most RIO enthusiast will look after the vinyl, which should still be affordable, but maybe not the most essential of EFL's albums.

Sean Trane | 3/5 |


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