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BELLE ET REBELLE

Tri Yann

 

Prog Folk

4.00 | 1 ratings

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kenethlevine
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Prog-Folk Team
4 stars Often bands that begin in the progressive genre veer towards pop at some point to stave off extinction. Folk groups may follow a different trajectory in which progressive elements are slowly introduced into the roots music such that they become as timeless as the traditional components. Such is the case with Tri Yann who, in 1990, issued an album that can fairly be considered progressive folk, with a sophistication far exceeding earlier albums while still matching their exuberance.

Even the title is a crafty play on words, translating to "beautiful rebel". The very opening song, "Le Renard", is confident celtic rock with progressive leanings, and sets the stage for what is to follow.. The harmonies remain as stunning as ever, especially on "Gwerz Jorj Courtois" and the intricately rocking "Le Tourdion des Manants", as well as the African fusion of "Sur La Fosse Au Boulot".. The story-song "Korydwen Et Le Rouge De Kenholl" is the longest and best, based on a haunting traditional tune but rich in modern French theatrics. "La Petite Perrine, La Marchande De Coccinnelles" is a whimsical folk and roller that incorporates children's vocals and uncharacteristically bold electric rhythm guitar. The album closes well with the sultry title cut.

A remarkable effort for its time, especially given their prolific career even as of 1990, this rebellious beauty serves as a worthy point of introduction to the musical worlds of Tri Yann.

kenethlevine | 4/5 |

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