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5 stars Year after year, decade after decade Ange remains Ange. Times change, but the protagonists of French prog scene are still on the road - and still unique. Their new studio album seems to have been conceived and done under the tag 'no more time to waste'. Indeed, they wasted a lot of time during their 50-year history. Their milestones are the early glorious 'theatric progressive' era from Caricatures to Guet-Apens, then Seve Qui Peut, then Le Bois Travaille, Meme Le Dimanche. This is the classics of French prog, a bunch of masterpieces. But what was between? The fruitless rocky/poppy 1980s period from Vu D'Un Chien to Tout Feu Tout Flamme, then 1990s-2000s albums, all of interest but... of moderate interest, let's say. And finally, the current era started with brilliant Le Bois Travaille, Meme Le Dimanche, continued with less impressive but still excellent Moyen-Age - and now, with Heureux!, their brand new studio release. It was evidently made 1970s-like on purpose, it's clearly seen... sorry, clearly heard in the music. But the album is not similar to the band's 1970s releases. It's as excellent (if not better) as, for example, Au-Dela Du Delire or Par Les Fils De Mandrin, but musically far from both. It develops the tendencies started with Le Bois Travaille, Meme Le Dimanche, but also brings new ideas, so in total Heureux! is rather revelation than reminiscence. Almost every track is a highlight. (I'd say especially Nancy- Jupiter..., but maybe it's just due to my personal addiction to epic suites?) Echo from 1970s - and new musical horizons for the band at the same time. Everything sounds classic - and everything is new, fresh, innovative, inventive, explorative... and substantial. Even a risky musical experiment from Ange quickly becomes a model to follow, Christian Decamps and his colleagues know very well how to do this. Looks like the period started in 2010 in the band's life is even more interesting than expected.
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4 stars Ange is a historical French rock band from France. It was founded in Belfort, France in 1969 and has been very active. With this new "Heureux!", Ange has released eight Album Their music I personally think that in addition to the symphony, the most special is the drama tension and the dark atmosphere like KC, and my favorite album is "Guet-Apens" released in 1978, not so much like Genesis Say they are like KC, in creating a dark and desperate but beautiful atmosphere. Of course, French is indeed very suitable for singing drama, it sounds weird and full of turning point. It can be said that although in the beginning they were dedicated to the symphonic avant-garde, but then gradually opened up many areas, the band is full of extraordinary creativity and exploration. The new album is a grand musical adventure, opening the theatrical style and symphony integration, and they can clearly feel more "rock" (strong bass), it is not surprising that they had a very Psychedelic and hard rock. Maybe because Zeuhl is played a lot by the French front rock band, I can feel some of Zeuhl's flavors, weird, exaggerated, humorous, repetitive bass and piano marches in the music, but it's clear that Ange is a bit more polished thanks to them There is a very small fresh melody, yes, their ballad orientation is also obvious. Therefore, I think they are essentially a symphonic orchestral eclectic band. The 17-minute epic "Nancy-Jupiter À La Nage (Odyssée 14'00)" was a mysterious narration at the beginning, but it suddenly caught off a cheerful orgasm and ended up in their old line - field. The last one called their style of fusion, it is no wonder made a long one short two versions. The new artillery is still good old, you can play a solid four-star recommendation!
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4 stars ANGE is the French group best known and most controversial of the last 50 years. He is the epitome of what can be done better and progressive rock, a waste in our country backward in some singular sensations must toe the line or else! (Though it's on the radio I heard the 1st time with ANGEL "These people" wonderful recovery of a great man of French music, but I digress!). In short, ANGEL released a super good album last year and it was a chronicle for our friends in Quebec, who advocate them speak French. Recall that the opportunity for registration was made before an audience of fans but if the studio. So let's go for it not to immersion 67 'disparate titles: "The other is more precious than time" tries to potential radio hit that gives live potential and provides the voice of the Decamps father. "What whisper stones" from a song "crooner" on JONASZ Michel, a beautiful ballad. Then comes one of the two bombs CD "Lucky Day for a poet in search of rhymes" and as close to 9 minutes, alternating solos pleasurable at the beginning and end of a great guitarist and HASSAN hovering times Between; one is in a master piece simply In any case, the best part for your servant! "Sense and enjoyments" small variation of words sometimes ribald, part of the ANGEL universe with words shaped musical note. "Nancy-jupiter swim" arrives with a repeat of "If I were the Messiah" and "Captain heart honey", no less! Inside, there are stones sounds Fabrice BONY, breathtaking solos Hassan, a typical prog breaks with atmosphere, atmospheres, moments of serenity! The titles "for right or wrong" and "happy! "Will suffer a bit with less intensity, especially based on the words of the father Decamps, while for" Gibberish "a bluesy air emerges. "Sing anything" disruptive in a first listening, allows for the lunch at which often happens on French radio, text to piss in a violin !! A stage title with the endless recovery keyboards almost ambient Tristan. In short, this 24th album is a marvel and be missed in 2018 had to be repaired at this site, it's done! In fact, if you do not know what to do, the group is currently touring throughout France.

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