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4.06 | 14 ratings | 1 reviews | 36% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2002

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Des Profondeurs (1:31)
2. Sahïss Siïaaht (5:01)
3. La Vent (2:28)
4. En Avancant Vers le Vent (1:02)
5. La Semeur Vers le Nord (0:59)
6. La Semeur Vers l'Ouest (1:49)
7. Le Semeur Vers le Sud (2:09)
8. Le Ciel de l'Océan (2:17)
9. Les Cygnes et Les Corbeaux Sont Venus (2:09)
10. Vent et Nuees d'Oiseaux (0:38)
11. La Semeur Vers l'Est (3:00)
12. Le Vent Disparait (1:05)
13. Les Oiseaux Bruns (4:00)
14. Les Oiseaux en Colère I (2:13)
15. Les Oiseaux en Colère II (3:49)
16. Les Oiseaux en Colère III (6:35)
17. Les Oiseaux en Colère IV (6:37)
18. Les Oiseaux en Colère V (4:34)
19. Mon Oiseau Est Parti Pour un Dernier Voyage (1:06)
20. Les Oiseaux Blancs et l'Oiseau (1:06)
21. Vers l'Ineluctable (1:19)
22. Chant Unique Pour Appeler l'Oiseau I (1:44)
23. Chant de La Fatalite (2:32)
24. Chant Unique Pour Appeler l'Oiseau II (1:44)
25. Repos (1:29)
26. Chant Posthume (1:41)
27. Des Profondeurs (0:47)

Line-up / Musicians

- Christian Vander / lead vocals, acoustic & electric pianos, synth, tambourine, composer

- Stella Vander / lead & backing vocals, sequencing & mixing
- Isabelle Feuillebois / lead & backing vocals
- Julie Vander / lead & backing vocals
- Bénédicte Ragu / lead & backing vocals
- Virginie Coutin / backing vocals
- Bernard Cardiet / vocals (8)
- Alex Ferrand / backing vocals (16,17)
- Pierre-Michel Sivadier / keyboards

Releases information

CD Seventh Records ‎- SRA A33 (2002, France)

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CHRISTIAN VANDER Les Cygnes Et Les Corbeaux ratings distribution

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(36%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(43%)
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Review by Tapfret
4 stars Le percussionniste principal sans ses tambours (The master percussionist without his drums)

Sub-genre:Zeuhl (vocal and trance feel fit, though no bass and little percussion)
For Fans of: Magma, Choral Music
Vocal Style: True to Zeuhl, primarily female, with Christian Vander's strong operatic presence.
Guitar Style: none
Keyboard Style: Piano, Rhodes and synth string arrangements
Percussion Style: Little, mostly programmed with some natural tambourine.
Bass Style: Programmed background sequences
Other Instruments: None
You are not likely to enjoy this album if: you do not appreciate modern classical or you are expecting traditional Zeuhl fare and a jazz/rock combo.

Summary: First of all, there is no mistaking that this is a Christian Vander composition. While the familiar overdriven bass, jazzy percussion and trademark imaginary language we have become accustomed to with Zeuhl are not there, Vander's dark brooding vocal arrangements and celestial motif is well intact. Broad operatic choral passages paint a very full and majestic landscape true to form for Christian and his wife Stella. While no specific piece is a direct Magma arrangement, the textures are eerily familiar; and I use the word "eerily" in the broadest and most literal sense. Les Cygnes Et Les Corbeaux is broken up into 27 mostly sub 3 minute movements which flow together seamlessly. At times Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire comes to mind, but the music is more accessible; just plain dark rather than obliquely dissonant.

Final Score: I could actually see this piece being appreciated by some listeners, particularly classical listeners, who did not otherwise like Magma or Zeuhl in general. This is a very fine work that should be explored. 4 stars.

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