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2 stars I'm really confused here! Have I really been listening to the same Nemo album as everyone else here, because I'm just not hearing the magic?

I've been really looking forward to experiencing this album and added it to my Spotify playlist as soon as it was available but my first experience of this record was far from a pleasant one. Was this the direction that Eclectic Prog was going for in the new decade or do I smell a rat here? All I hear are recycled Prog clichés mixed into a slick production with lite metal/indie approach to it. Even though the vocalist clearly articulates the passionate lyrics in French, it really has no bearing on me while I experience "Révolu$ion". I assure you that the language barrier has never hindered me from being touched by great music and so I turn my attention to the songwriting.

Granted that I've never heard a single Nemo record up until now, it's impossible for me to judge whether the band has really improved upon their previous work or not. All I hear on this recording is complete blandness. Blandness in songwriting, progressions, themes and a complete lack of any ideas. Maybe it's just me growing grumpy and old, but please ponder upon this question - will any of you be listening to "Révolu$ion" in a few years time? Is it really the it album of 2011 that marks the pinnacle of modern Prog music? I surely don't think so and the fact that almost half of this album consists of a 24+ minute epic that leaves me bored to tears isn't really helping things out. Yes, Loins Des Yeux is truly an epic in length but all I hear are all those tiresome passages that we've heard so many times before. The real problem comes with transitions between different sections which are just laughable. Just take the first two minutes of fast-paced symphonic metal which then suddenly mute in favor of the slow moving keyboard/vocal section. This is almost as bad as the transitions on the two lengthy Rush tracks off Caress Of Steel, which in that case completely ruined the entire experience for me.

Sorry if I offended anyone with my rant, but I just don't share the enthusiasm that so many have for this particular album. I can't even stretch it to a good, but non essential rating in this case. The music that is included on this album is some of the least impressive Prog related material (I don't take this term lightly) that I've heard this year and it surprises me how much attention it has received so far. Please feel free to send me comments and explain why you happen to enjoy Nemo's new offering, I'm all ears. We really need to get to the bottom of this enigma!

**** star songs: Je Suis Un Objet (5:43) Révolu$ion (5:08) Chiens En Laisse (5:35) Notes Pour Plus Tard (6:43)

*** star songs: Liberté, Egalité, Insurrection ! (2:23) Aux Portes Du Paradis (2:21) Seul Dans La Foule (9:36) Loins Des Yeux (24:30)

Rune2000 | 2/5 |


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