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3.98 | 41 ratings

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3 stars A fairly lively album with exaggerated drums by this Corsican group from 1978. Plenty of nice quiet parts with that Pink Floyd 'Dogs' piano sound throughout which I personally love. The first track - 'U Rigiru' has these elements with warbly soprano male vocals and occasional high pitched pretty girl voices that lift the tune higher still. 'I Lagramanti' (whatever that means) has vigorous but doomy vocals, some nice organ and lots of drums that stop-start and a 'Magma' bass... Make of that what you will! A difficult one to describe... Jazz, rock, psychedelic with a bit of Zeuhl thrown on top.

Definitely to be classed under 'Zeuhl'', An underrated album that has as many good points as bad, the bad being the particularly muddled construction. The good being the originality and sombreness sprinkled with lightness at any given moment. Unusual, but good.

That is... until the live bonus track. It's rubbish. Dreadfully recorded and with the lead vocalist sounding like he's being throttled by Hannibal Lecter throughout. It would have been better leaving this tune off altogether especially when it reaches an unbearable 13 minutes. Not only that, the sound fades in and out, making it a very poor addition.

'A Man Di Diu' is the 2nd bonus track and is a big slice of studio doom with those deep vocals, sounding more in line with the rest of the album.

Pretty good.

Dobermensch | 3/5 |


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