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3.44 | 57 ratings

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3 stars To make things clear even for a novice, the opening song is called "In the wake of King Fripp". I guess that it is useless to tell you that it is a great tribute to KC. Not the pummel one, but the melodic one (the one I prefer): great mellotron parts and hypnotic guitar all the way through. A great start indeed.

The short "Aphanisis" sounds like a delicate Hackett piece: a sweet and acoustic guitar work which has to be received as an interlude, a short breathe of air.

"Allez Teai" is more an effort of a band than the first release "Électronique Guérilla": the man in charge (Richard Pinhas) is surrounded by other musicians who are integrating some good elements to the whole. Now, a piece as "Omar Diop Blondin" leans more towards eclectic prog than to prog electronic (and the feeling prevails for each of the three initial pieces).

The spacey feeling starts with the short "Fluence" which is followed by "Continuum Mobile Disjonction Inclusive". Two distinctive tracks united by one feel: coldness, darkness, weirdness. Not easily accessible but still splendid for the lovers of the genre. Maybe not enough melodic and too repetitive to be catchy.

The KC hypnotic feel shows up back again during the fine "St Mikael?" which is another fine piece of music available. One of the best frankly.

This album is at the crossroads between "Kraftwerk", TD and Crimson. A rare mix for sure. It lacks in elegant parts (except the great opener) and therefore I rate it with three stars. A good album though.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |


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