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Lazuli - Le fantastique envol de Dieter Böhm CD (album) cover




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4.04 | 183 ratings

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Cylli Kat (0fficial)
5 stars Brilliant, gorgeous, powerful and refreshing.

I've not read any of the other reviews of this album, I only saw the rating and decided to test it out. This is my introduction to Lazuli, and I wish we'd met long before this!

I speak maybe about a dozen words in French, although the ones I know don't seem to be in evidence on this album. But whatever the language, this album communicates brilliantly. It grabbed me from its beginning and kept me engaged all the way through.

Obviously, this is a tale of one Dieter Böhm, but I've no idea if Mr. Böhm is a fictional charter (I assume he is) or historical, etc. - but this story set to music is nonetheless such an enjoyable experience from beginning to end.

At some point, I'll look up a translation of the lyrics to find out what this story is actually about. But for now, the vocal melodies & harmonies and the solid song structures and flawless playing are more than enough to keep this on repeat in good ol' Winamp for me!

You'll not find Crimsonian dissonances nor Dream Theateresque fifty time changes and tandem 64th note runs. What you will find are solid, consonant songs of graceful beauty and majesty. There are no "filler" tracks, all seem to work gracefully and seamlessly within the whole. Although some standouts (to me) would include Baume (the melody of which I'll probably be croaking out on my deathbed) Les Chansons Sont Des Bouteilles A La Mer, and Dieter Böhm, but all of the tracks are excellent!

I'm hoping to come back at some point and re-do this review of an album that most certainly deserves to be heard, and I think is a definite 5 star ***** genuine masterpiece.

As always, your mileage may vary.

Grace and peace to you all. Cylli (Jim)

Cylli Kat (0fficial) | 5/5 |


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