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HARMONIUM

Harmonium

 

Symphonic Prog

3.60 | 157 ratings

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Bern
4 stars First album by the most known Québec prog act.

First of all, I'd like say that this album isn't really prog. Maybe some prog elements are scattered troughout the songs but Harmonium is mostly a folk album... but what a good folk album it is! It doesn't have to be prog to be excellent. On with the review.

Weirdly enough, there is no drums in this album (except for the last part of the title track). There are only two guitars and a bass. The absence of drums is basically unnoticeable thanks to the three musician's amazing playing. The instrumental parts are great but not really proggy yet.

There is not really a weak track on this album in my humble opinion. The music in there is just beautiful. The vocal harmonies, though primitive if compared to their subsequent albums, contributes a lot to the raw beauty of this album. As always, Fiori sound like an angel. He has really one of the best voices ever in my opinion. Plus, it is sang in genuine québecois accent so you can really feel the distinct Québec sound.

As a québecois, it's strange for me to review this album because it has been played over and over again on Québec maintream radios since the seventies. Most of the tracks were chart hits. Now, I'm on a progressive rock website and I'm reviewing this album. It's hard because I really don't feel the same way about it that someone who has never heard a single note of it ever.

Knowing that, all I could say is that I recommend this album to anyone who is sensible to accoustic guitars and cheerful and mellow songs. It's the kind of album that puts on smile upon your face. I rate it 4 stars for this site (lack of progressive elements) but I rate it 5 stars in my heart and in Québec's history charts.

-Bern

Bern | 4/5 |

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