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SI PARTIE 1

Nemo

 

Eclectic Prog

4.26 | 175 ratings

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gabnat
5 stars A rich, dense and intelligent album by a group that really deserves more attention from prog rock fans. Clearly, most of the people on this site, when they listne to Nemo's albums appreciate their value, but I do think that their talent is not as known as it should (yes, I am a big fan of this group).

Their music blends several sources which are dominated by heavy/metal and symphonic prog, but including other elements such as jazz, funk, classic or folk. I could compare them to a lot of prog rock giants, but this wouldn't help very much, because they really succed in creating their own sound based on different influences.

For a detailed review about the songs on this album, I recommend you the review by Erik Neuteboom: http://www.progarchives.com/Review.asp?id=70898

In fact Nemo pays very much attention to all aspects of their album: the CD artwork is good (maybe a bit less on this particular album, but still a interesting and in line with the music and lyrics. The songs themes are dense also.

For instance, Monsanto is the central theme of "Apprentis Sorciers" ("Sorcerer's Apprentice"), calling attention to the dangers of genetic engineering, and especially to the fact that a group of people can control the production of food at a global level. "Ici et Maintenant" ("Here and Now") is a thought comparing the fear of death to a "cul-de-sac", while we should make better use of the present. Note such a summary in a nutshell doesn't translate the quality of the writing, which opens doors without giving straight answers.

No doubt that Nemo is fully in line with the spirit of 70's prog rock: an attempt to make rock a real artistic work, and avoid easy or commercial recipes.

gabnat | 5/5 |

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