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LE CIMETIÈRE DES ARLEQUINS

Ange

 

Symphonic Prog

3.47 | 127 ratings

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zravkapt
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4 stars Ange are one of the most well known prog bands from France. They sometimes get compared to Genesis. However, on their first two albums anyway, I hear more of a Crimson and VDGG infuence. This is the band's second album. The vocals of Christian Decamps are dramatic and theatrical and can be compared to Gabriel and Hammill. Lyrics in French. Lots of modified organ work here.

"Ces Gens-La" is a cover of Belgian singer Jacques Brel. I am not too familar with him or his music, but the version here sounds like the band wrote it. Definately does not sound too out of place on this album. "Aujourd'hui c'est la Fete chez l'Apprenti-Sorcier" has distorted/fuzz bass. Good drumming. This song has a nice mellow middle section. The first part of "Bivouac" has the band singing what sounds like "Ewok for you". The better of the two parts. It ends with an organ solo as the song fades out. The second part fades back in with the continuation of the organ solo. The second part is entirely instrumental.

I think it would have been better if both parts of "Bivouac" were one piece. In between we get a folk song about lesbians called "L'espionne Lesbienne". This song has some good acoustic guitar and fast vocals. "De Temps en Temps" has good singing and organ work. After 2 minutes it gets better. Nice bluesy guitar solo. At the very end the tape speeds up. "La Route aux Cypres" is basically vocals and acoustic guitar with some organ. Sound of flute can be heard. I can't tell if it is a real flute or if that part is done on a Mellotron.

The title track is the best song here and can be listened to on PA. Good drumming and vocals in the whole song. The organ and/or Mellotron playing is great. It's the longest song and has the most changes. Before 7 minutes there is an interesting organ sound. I love the way it ends with weird noises that get looped. This album is great Symphonic Prog. If you don't mind theatrical French vocals, this may be for you. Whether it be Ange or Magma or Etron Fou Leloublan, the French like the vocals to grab your attention. My interest in these guys starts to dwindle after this album. 4 stars.

zravkapt | 4/5 |

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