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2 stars Short-lived French act, found in 1972 by François Bréant and Marc Perru, who have played together in Cruciferius and in the last line-up of Ergo Sum.The original line-up consisted also of bassist Pascal Arroyo, drummer Clement Bailly and percussionist/guitarist Emmanuel Lacordaire.They were named after the word Omen, when read reversed, and debuted in 1973 with a self-titled album on the obscure Agave label.

All of the members had a good background in the Jazz Rock field, so reasonably Nemo's sound was highlighted by a groovy and jazzy approach with quite a rockin' attitude.But this time they wanted to come up with a more inventive and ground-breaking approach, so their debut contains also heavy doses of Funk in some tracks, which sometimes sound attractive, but the general impression is that these elements hurt the album's coherence.This is really a weird combination of jazzy guitar solos, smooth electric piano, spacey keyboards and funky bass lines, featuring some good, loose interplays and also a good number of changing climates, but this mix of Funk and proggy Jazz Rock does not work extremely well to my ears, having often a strong commercial flavor.The rest of the album is standard Jazz Rock with decent performances, based on long guitar solos and a consistent rhythm section, featuring also the versatile performance of Breant on piano and keyboards.The longer cuts contain also a light psychedelic feeling, but lack true energy and passion.

A talented line-up playing original music, that unfortunately lacks true inventiveness and passion.Rather strictly recommended to Jazz Rock freaks...2.5 stars.

apps79 | 2/5 |


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