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3 stars France's MINIMUM VITAL has certainly its own individuality on the desk of progressive rock. Full of grandeur and beauty, "La Source" combines all the right elements for me with excellent guitar and keyboard interplay with some nice complex drumming and deep bass playing. To be honest they are highly original and play their own style which I really like a lot. Songs are well written and offer nice mood and tempo swings with great instrumentation. Lyrics are sung in a language all their own (not unlike MAGMA in approach) which has some real nice sounding phrasing. Overall "La Source" is a deep and professional album which I find upbeat and a positive feeling album.
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Posted Tuesday, March 16, 2004 | Review Permalink
2 stars This album was quite a deception for me. The French ''Minimum Vital'' developed a very much jazz-rock influenced music in this album. This was already the case during their re-released debut effort ''Envol Triangles - Les Saisons Marines''.

''La Source'' is mostly instrumental and offers little real great and inspired moments. Melody and symphony are definitely not a strong asset from this band. Fine rocking moments are still available, like during the upbeat ''Mystical West'' which is my favourite song from this work. Complexly structured (as most of their music), it offers a more accessible side, more melodic (flute) angle. But it is almost the last track from this work.

This band could never really reach fame (unless an esteemed one). While you would listen to this sort of record, you can easily understand why. These musicians are of course very skilled, but the type of music being played here can't really be enthusiastic to my ears.

Skilled music for a very small audience to which I do not belong. Two stars.

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Posted Sunday, December 28, 2008 | Review Permalink
3 stars The opening minutes of this album makes me believe I am in for a drive in Zeuhl Road. But the road soon expires and the new road is called.......... well, it is a street without a name.

This is the second proper studio album from Minimum Vital and the follow up to their debut album Sarabandes. It is pretty obvious the band is still looking for their identity on La Source. The music is based on both keyboards and soaring electric guitar solos. There are also some medieval music based vocals here too. Everything here sounds competent and good enough.

This album starts out as a zeuhl album and it is trundles nicely along in a fusion-light tempo with some influences from medieval music, rock, zeuhl and symphonic prog (aka Camel). The music is good throughout. It is also inoffensive and is lacking both teeth and identity. Play this music to me blindfolded and I would never ever guess the origin of this music. I cannot even pick up a great song here. It has some very good melody lines inbetween the more anonymous stuff. And that is all I can say about it. Good, but not great.

3 star

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Posted Sunday, November 14, 2010 | Review Permalink
3 stars A half-hearted album.

Like the previous one, 'The Source' suffers from a synthetic sound quality typical of the 80s which does not correspond to the purpose of Minimum Vital. We can blame the Payssan brothers for being late. After all, Jethro Tull (for example) has been fixing things for some time.

As much as 'Sarabandes' was homogeneous, 'La source' is not. The first three pieces are dispensable. Twenty minutes uninspired and rather uninteresting ... A bad blow for this record, which inevitably causes the listener to drop out. But you should know that from "Ann Dey Flon" everything changes! Despite the bad digital piano sound and the use of midi drums, we finally find the Minimum Vital that we like. Groove, melody, folk, strangeness. This song is a killer! Follows 'Tabou', one of the best pieces produced by this group. A must ! Ten minutes of alternation between Occitan medieval folk and jazz, successful breaks and very varied guitar tones. "What supports" is a short medieval interlude from the 14th century, typical of this group. "Mystical Ouest" offers a beautiful melodic suite with a song in total adequacy. This piece brings the end of the record on a platter, a short final prayer.

In total, 20 minutes without interest followed by 25 very captivating. What a pity !

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Posted Friday, November 6, 2020 | Review Permalink

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