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Malicorne - Malicorne 2 [Aka: Le Mariage Anglais] CD (album) cover




Prog Folk

3.38 | 31 ratings

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4 stars On their second album, things start coming together for Malicorne. It's still a folksy album but the quality is high throughout and there are some moments of astonishing beauty. As to the whole progressive debate, Malicorne is decidedly no rock but progressive yes, at least in my book. They helped redefine folk music from something stuffy and grey into something modern and fresh.

The highlight is the 10 minute epic plaintive ballad La fille aux chansons, one of the most touching and overwhelming expressions of pain and sadness that I know. The grief becomes almost tangible and the exquisite beauty of it is absolutely timeless and universal. Together with a few songs from eastern world music, this is guaranteed to cause a lump in my throat.

Their ensuing album Almanach is their crowning achievement but you shouldn't miss this album if you feel anything for bands like Fairport Convention, Decemberists or even Dead Can Dance.

Bonnek | 4/5 |


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