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Alan Stivell

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3 stars I'm a big fan of Alan Stivell's work, which includes very soft and lyrical albums (especially earlier in his career), a middle period of proggish experimentalism, and later jazzy world music.

This is probably his most proggish album, and tells a story which, thankfully, I cannot understand since I don't really care for a history lesson. If you omit the short spoken text pieces, it's a really good album, with a much harder edge than most of his work. Definitely in the prog-folk vein, with the Celtic/Breton influence very strong.

Recommended to Gryphon fans (musically it's very different, but it's got a similar acoustic instrumentation).

It's a shame that he felt the need to include the English spoken word sections (although there aren't that many). The sound of the album would be stronger without the spoken word. Of course, he's trying to tell a story. But unless you speak several languages you're not going to follow it anyway if you're listening to the English language version, so the English is just a distraction.

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