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Harmonium - Si On Avait Besoin D'Une Cinquième Saison CD (album) cover




Symphonic Prog

4.35 | 1193 ratings

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5 stars I should have started with their debut album. But I have been listening to this album on and off for a year so I am excused.

It is said that Antonio Vivaldi's socalled masterpiece The Four Seasons is a very beautiful piece of music. It has influenced the rock and pop world and spawned some copies. I am not sure if Harmonium has copied The Four Seasons. In any case; Harmonium has added one xtra season. The fifth season is also the longest one here, clocking in at over seventeen minutes. I am not sure about the lyrics here, French not being my strongest side. But I am sure the lyrics is as beautiful as the music.

The music is a blend of folk rock, fusion jazz and symphonic prog. The use of instruments are on the minimalist side. The instruments are understated rather than bombastic. The vocals plays an important role. The jazz pieces here are truly stunning. The second song Dixie has a dixieland theme. That is the most lively, bouncy song on this album. The rest of the album follows a very understated pattern, based on silent contemplation rather than preaching (overstated keyboards). That makes this music fascinating, but not easy to break down. My only gripe is that this album lacks the dot over the i. In other words; a killer track which gives the album a real identity. But on the other hand, I doubt you will find any better marriage of folk rock and symphonic prog on this planet.

I am tempted to give five points. But I have a policy not to give any more five pointers. Oh, what the heck. This is a truly excellent and essential album everyone should have in their collection. Everyone. The artwork also being a good reason for that. Nevermind the pop up which will now greet me with the warning from the PA staff. Yes, I do understand the rules. This album is Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music. It is also a sure candidate for the top ten of all albums.

5 stars (deserved)

toroddfuglesteg | 5/5 |


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