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CLAUDE MONET - VOLUME 1, 1883-1889

XII Alfonso

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Studio Album, released in 2002

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Chemin dans les Falaises (3:48)
2. Je vous écrivais (3:55)
3. Giverny (4:03)
4. Un Jardin qui ne ressemble à rien (3:12)
5. Des saisons sur les toiles (2:28)
6. L'échappée Belle (4:37)
7. Conflits (3:01)
8. Les beaux jours de Giverny (3:08)
9. La Fanfare rouge (3:13)
10. Le Fantôme de l'Ile aux Orties (4:13)
11. Les Cathédrales Immergées (5:07)
12. L'oeil Cannibale (1:39)
13. Antibes (4:34)
14. Les Arcanes de l'air Bleu (6:36)
15. Errances (3:39)
16. L'Âme de l'hiver (7:00)

Total Time: 64:29

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Line-up / Musicians

- Laure Oltra / lyrics
- François Claerhout / piano, keyboards, percussions, acoustic guitar, drums sampling
- Philippe Claerhout / electric guitar, acoustic guitar, electro-acoustic guitar, bass guitar, Syrian Oud, Vietnamese lute, harmonicas, keyboards, percussions
- Michael Geyre / piano, keyboards, Hammond organ, accordions, percussions
- Thierry Moreno / backing vocals, whistle, percussions

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Review by Finnforest
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3 stars "Claude Monet volume 1" is an album of beautiful music which seeks to tell the story of Monet's life and work, volume 1 covering the years 1883-1889. It features an absolutely amazing 50 page booklet which painstaking details each piece of music on the album; providing lyrics, reprints of his paintings from these years, detailed texts describing the paintings, notes about his personal life, notes from his diary, and passages from letters to friends and family. I think it's my first CD booklet that actually has a bibliography in the back! If you are a fan of Monet you will need to get these CDs before they go out of print. It's a history lesson to be sure.

The music itself is a sweeping and ambitious symphonic work. Lush sounds are courtesy of an army of instruments: many electric and acoustic guitars, E.Bow, Syrian Oud, Vietnamese Lute, Harmonicas, many Keyboards, Pianos, Glocks, Gongs, various Percussion, Harp, Bamboo Flutes, Whistles, and several vocalists. About 14 musicians take part in the recording, give or take. It is a pastoral album but one that can veer from the peaceful to the playful, from the (almost) rocking to the near-techno. It has many enjoyable moments throughout, the quieter piano and acoustic guitar sections being my favorites. However compositionally this album is all over the map and you need to be willing to love meandering. I feel it could use significant tightening especially in the ridiculously out of place techno keyboard sections that really seem out of place given the storyline. You have a very professional, often beautiful album of moments but without much in the way of musical coherence, amazing given the amount of work dedicated to the lyrical storyline and booklet. A very mixed bag.

If you like mellow, pastoral, relaxing prog and you have an interest in Claude Monet, this release is your dream come true. If you don't care about Monet but like mellow prog you should still enjoy this quite a bit. If you are neither of the above then proceed with caution here. 5/10

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Posted Monday, July 09, 2007

Review by ZowieZiggy
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2 stars So far, this French band was unable to catch my attention with their first two albums. Let's see if this "Claude Monnet Volume I" is going to be different.

In a way, it is. Different I mean. The music is intimate, peaceful and almost all instrumental (even if there are attempts to vocals, or better to spoken words). Some Hackett, as usual, ("L'oeil Cannibale") or even Oldfield feeling can be distinguished ("Giverny").

At (many) times some accordion is featured, and I can't say that I am overwhelmed by the sound of this instrument. It conveys an old fashioned sound that is not my cup of tea ("Un Jardin Qui Nous Ressemble ", "L'Échappée Belle" and a couple more). The use of this instrument is probably meant to project us in the period of Monet (the French painter who is the artist that has inspired this work).

The track "Conflits" is dark and hesitates between classical and eclectic music. It is quite special indeed. The "chanson française style" combined with classical piano of "Les Beaux Jours De Giverny" also offers little prog feel. The pastoral and moving "La Fantôme De L'île Aux Orties" is breaking the overall mood nicely. It is my favourite track on this album. The last couple of songs are truly in the symphonic jazz vein.

If you like the combination of folk ("Les Cathédrales Immergées"), classical and eclectic music, with a jazzy touch this album might deserve your listening. But my rating is two stars for this work. I am not convinced with their musical style which is hard to categorize.

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