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3.45 | 23 ratings | 2 reviews | 13% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1984

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Bim-Bam (3:19)
2. Bout de mou (1:45)
3. A quoi pensent-ils? (5:16)
4. Avalanche (5:24)
5. Mieux vaud d'Ecker (3:07)
6. A chacun son accent (4:08)
7. Caduta Massie (3:48)
8. Battre Campagne (7:36)
9. Cul de Sac (3:37)

Total Time: 38:00

Line-up / Musicians

- Christian G. Addor / keyboards, vocals
- Yvan G. Chkolnix / scratches and screams
- Jean-Vincent Huguenin / petites cordes, grattées soufflées et gros ressorts
- Gilles Vincent Rieder / drums, vocals
- Jeab-Maurice Rossel / guitars, vocals
- Marie C. Schwab / violin, vocals cords
- Cedric P. Vuille / air, cords and noises

Guest musicians:
- Bruno Meillier / saxophone (1)
- Pierre Kaufmann / bass clarinet (9)

Releases information

LP RecRec 06 (1984)
CD RecRec601 (reissued in 1994)

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DEBILE MENTHOL Battre Campagne ratings distribution

(23 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(13%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(48%)
Good, but non-essential (30%)
Collectors/fans only (4%)
Poor. Only for completionists (4%)

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Review by Sean Trane
3 stars Almost three years after their first album, Debile Menthol returned to the studios to record their second (and last) album with a slightly reduced line-up, being only a septet by then, but surprisingly with such a large group, all seven were around since the first album. Musically speaking, Debile Menthol's music is just as crazy as before (if not even more so), certainly more demented and vigorous and chaotic, sometimes approaching dissonance. The album is also much more sung, and the vocals are much fun (they used an outside lyricist) if you understand French. The album is much faster and synthesized than its predecessor, sometimes reaching post-punk speed like XTC, Squeeze or The Knack, but being much more complex and often changing throughout one number, a bit like a Zappa tune.

The vocal bits are often grotesque, inducing a sense of lack of seriousness, but this does not affect the music too much, a bit as if Zappa's crazy vocals would've stopped you from enjoying the rest of his music. Only the closing Cul De Sac seems to stand a bit out of the rest of the album as it sounds like early Univers Zero somber acoustic modern classical music. While this album is probably more complex, it seems that in the long range, it was less influential than its predecessor. Probably best to start with their debut, rather than this one;

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4 stars This album by Debile Menthol is my first experience with the band, and it's one to remember. I don't know if the musicians ever went to music school, but if they did, they forgot any lessons about allowing the listener to breath. This is a good thing, however, as the result is that we are pres ... (read more)

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