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Symphonic Prog

3.52 | 188 ratings

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4 stars No need for virtuoso playing!!

Ange are the masters of atmosphere , and it seems they do it so easily too. they capture you with their slow airy organ , most of the time played with a vibrato giving the music an out of tune feeling , awsome stuff. in addition to those keys , they incorporate their signature passionate intriguing vocals , it always fascinates me to know what are they talking about , i guess it's their attitude and approach . i like that every europian band has that something relating them to their country , except the vocals of course , and ange is no different , it all sounds very french to me , and is a refreshing change from all english bands , although still reminds me of king crimson at times.

the music is never heavy but always symphonic , closer to classical music than jazz., there are no virtuosic runs by any of the band , but apart from the amazing atmosphere they create together , the solos are short and very good. vocals are amazing even for you who does not understand a single word ( like me ) , they take you right away and you feel like a story is being told , i'm sure it is!! they range from whispering to quiet to passionate and to screaming , top that with some laughs , noises , and shouts making the story even more realistic , absolutely fantastic. although containing short tracks ange is progressive and interesting adopting some instant change of music , heading towards something completely different. keys has that distinct ange sound and are always very good whether if they are atmospheric and whether if they are playing solos or other fillers , which increases the atmosphere level even more . guitar varies from distorted to clean and acoustic , and although there are no steve howe guitar parts , the guitar is always perfect . a good example for this is the album's opener solo which gives me goose bumps every time i hear it , so right. also to good mention is the clean guitar on L'Espionne Lesbienne , so good. as interesting as the songs are some time i wish they would develop them more , making them a little bit longer instead of cutting them in the middle of a good run. what made them split 'bivouac' to two parts and putting L'Espionne Lesbienne in between is beyond me , i think this is my only complaint about this album.

If you would like to explore some french prog , or seeking some dreamy , rocky, theatrical and progressive music , ange is a good place to start with , and this album too , although their next is even better. it may take a little while to fully comprehend but it's totally worth it. i would call it essential to french prog lovers. the accurate rating for me is a little bit above 4 stars.

Sagichim | 4/5 |


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