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C.O.D. PERFORMANCE

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3 stars This is probably the hardest listening record by ehis incredible band, or most exactly, this incredible musician who is ROGER TRIGAUX, this time plating duo with his son, Reginald Trigaux. I suppose this record was a kund of training for his son, because after this record, he played regularly witn PRESENT.

What we cand find here is mainly two pieces that in a more or less primitive sate would later become complete songs ("Alone" in live recordings and "Love Scorn" in the middle section of "The Sense of Life"), recorded with complete band, not in duet format, although the musical developememnts are quite different here; so then, we could easily talk about different songs indeed. But on this occasion, the lplaying is rougher, more to the roots of the song. The playing is really incredible, provided that there are only two guitars and some percussion (and vocals, more in a recitative than singing way). The sound of the music in general doesn´t remember much the neoclassical style, but maybe some kind of "dark avant songwriting". I enojy this record quite a lot, but I admit it would not appeal to any music lover.

So then, despite being a great record with superb musicianship, I think it would fit well listeners very well trained in the darks side of prog, but for beginners, better start with other records of the band ("Triskaidekaphobie" or "A Great Inhumane Adventure"). For me, iw would be a 4 star record, but for all listeners, it will be 3 stars.

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Posted Friday, July 13, 2007 | Review Permalink
Sean Trane
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3 stars After a long hibernation (roughly a decade), Present rises from its ashes with this strange format, consisting of only Roger Trigaux and his son Reginald, both on guitar, vocals and percussion. Released in 93 with a sombre artwork, reminiscent of the original UZ's Heresie artwork, this album contains only three tracks, all of them filled with awesome guitar works for a total of almost 50 minutes, and was recorded just a stone's throw from the French boder.

The opening side offers two shorter tracks, with the opening Love Scorn being the most accessible of the three, but the album in general is not quite as sinister as the previous 80's works of Trigaux sr. The first part of Alone (lasting 14-mins+) is a slow crescendo climbing from guitar arpeggios to searing electric guitar solos. The flipside holds the almost-25 mins second part of Alone, featuring some of the craziest vocals of Present's studio discography, plus some awesome guitars ranging from the quiet almost bucolic (everything being relative with Present) to the furious and rabid histrionics of the father-son team and a short wink to a Beatles tune, right before the album's final notes.

COD Performance is a bit of a side-bracket in Present's discography, being closer to the 80's stuff than the newer series of albums, but it's no less worthy of the RIO/avant fan than it would be for guitar absolutists.

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Posted Thursday, February 24, 2011 | Review Permalink
admireArt
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3 stars Psychedelic Rock in Opposition, "raw" as "raw" can be.

At last, I have aquired this PRESENT "C.O.D. Performance", 1993 record, or simply Roger Trigaux plus his son playing on what could almost be called an all electric guitar album, Trigaux's style of course . A guitar album, that is intimate, experimental, daring, and at times, also self-indulgent. A surprising visit to Mr, Trigaux's concept of the "Psychedelic 60's", in his own compositional and performance language, transformed to be played by electric guitar duets, triplets and solos (including bass guitar, of course). Some additional, but scarce percussions, and some very "Doorsy" vocals and lyrics, here and there.

This is the kind of record guitar players should enjoy listening to. More than anything else, due to the fact, that the electric guitar was kind of demeaned by the RiO crowd. It seems it was too "symbolic", and too close to the Rock they "opposed". Mr Triguax kind of even things up, more or less.

Of course there are some astounding highlights, as far as music writing goes. The performance, although impeccable, kind of weakens itself by repetition of ideas. To round things up, "C.OD. Performance" is uneven. The great music sections, are trapped, more than once, between quiet unimpressive or less inspired compositional sections.

***3 "Fun, but not essential" PA stars.

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Posted Friday, December 27, 2013 | Review Permalink

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