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Minimum Vital


Eclectic Prog

2.94 | 41 ratings

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3 stars A half-hearted album.

Like the previous one, 'The Source' suffers from a synthetic sound quality typical of the 80s which does not correspond to the purpose of Minimum Vital. We can blame the Payssan brothers for being late. After all, Jethro Tull (for example) has been fixing things for some time.

As much as 'Sarabandes' was homogeneous, 'La source' is not. The first three pieces are dispensable. Twenty minutes uninspired and rather uninteresting ... A bad blow for this record, which inevitably causes the listener to drop out. But you should know that from "Ann Dey Flon" everything changes! Despite the bad digital piano sound and the use of midi drums, we finally find the Minimum Vital that we like. Groove, melody, folk, strangeness. This song is a killer! Follows 'Tabou', one of the best pieces produced by this group. A must ! Ten minutes of alternation between Occitan medieval folk and jazz, successful breaks and very varied guitar tones. "What supports" is a short medieval interlude from the 14th century, typical of this group. "Mystical Ouest" offers a beautiful melodic suite with a song in total adequacy. This piece brings the end of the record on a platter, a short final prayer.

In total, 20 minutes without interest followed by 25 very captivating. What a pity !

Muskrat | 3/5 |


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