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3.92 | 72 ratings | 12 reviews | 33% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2000

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Barbituricus (15:16)
2. Coornibus (8:41)
3. Flat Spectre (12:34)
4. Ragtime (2:40)
5. No Way! (1:24)
6. Mister Green (4:35)
7. Mister Grey (4:33)
8. Aspartamus (7:33)
9. Super Flat Moon (11:35)

Total Time: 68:31

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Line-up / Musicians

- Anthony Gabard / guitar
- Loïc Bernardeau / drums
- David Dosnon / bass
- David Lucas / vocals
- Sebastien Constand / keyboards

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CD: MUSEA RECORDS
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3.92
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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(33%)
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Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(49%)
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Review by Sean Trane
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Prog Folk
3 stars Unlike the following albums this is not exactly a group album but close to it. This reminds me most of Magma and other Zheul bands but it does not really sound like anything before. But this album goes in too many musical directions and this lack of focus can sometimes irk me and pop-up the cd from the hi-fi , but most times not, but I will be happy to move on to something else. But I still listen to this about three or four times a year.

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Posted Wednesday, February 04, 2004

Review by Greger
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3 stars TAAL is a French progressive band that has released their debut CD on the Musea label. Their music is quite hard to describe but there are some reminiscences to KING CRIMSON, MAGMA, PINK FLOYD, SAMLA MAMMAS MANNA / VON ZAMLA and FRANK ZAPPA. But TAAL doesn't sound like any of these bands they just have some similarities. The main part of the album contains complex instrumental progressive rock, although it has some vocals now and then. There are six guest musicians on the album and they're playing instruments such as Saxophones, Clarinet, Violon & Cello, Trombone and Flute. These instruments are perfectly mixed into the music and they add some classical, jazz and RIO elements to the final result. All in all this is an interesting album with many nice moments.

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Posted Saturday, February 21, 2004

Review by diddy
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5 stars I got this album together with their second release "Skymind" from a friend and really had no expectations. Mainly because I never heard of the band before. I knew that they're from France but their origin doesn't say very much about the music. I listened to the album once and was blown away in an instant. It was something I, on the one hand, never heard before but at the other hand seems to have some similarities to King Crimson, Frank Zappa and due to the classical instruments used from time to time even to Magma. Queer mixture indeed but it works; and how it works.

Well after mentioning the main similarities, wich are by no means real similarities but a way to describe the sound better, we can now go into detail. The first song, 15 minutes long, called "Barbituricus" is a true highlight. It features some funny parts in the beginning but turns to a dark and evil guitar orientated song in the middle, King Crimosn like. After some terrific solos the happy vocals appear again and afterwards the song turns again. Now we get to hear the part I compared to Frank Zappa. A song every Progheas should have heard. "Cornibus" starts with flute and seems to rise. Suddenly it gets faster and faster and still features the flute melody. After a short darker part it changes to a part dominated by classical instruments, mainly violin and cello. The mixture of instruments sounds rather queer but interesting. Imagine classical instruments besides dark guitar solos and King Crimson like atmosphere. I tell you what it sounds like: AWESOME. "Flat Spectre" is muted and slightly mellow in the beginning. Nice Piano and Guitar get darker and darker and some classical instruments join in. Just to give you an impression I advice to imagine a mixture of King Crimson, Anglagard and Magma. Ok, refering to the title "ragtime" you probably can imagine what it sounds like, yes, Ragtime...very nice and odd. "No way!" is a short piece. More a radio play than a song. A guy in a restaurant eats something and is sitting next to a radio. In the radio some odd song. The guy eats and has to throw up after some time, very funny. "Mister green" is the first song with distinctive vocals. The song is hard to descibe, sorry. It is quite queer and features some choir, quite terrific. "Mister Grey" resumes the style of the first two songs but is much shorter. "Aspartamus" features some great guitar playing and again a dark atmosphere wich gets aerated from time to time but always lapses to the dark approach. "Super Flat Moon" sounds more jazzy than the other tracks. The rythm section is really jazzy on this one. In general the song features a lot of classical instruments wich is an enrichment for the sound.

Taal is an interesting band with an interesting sound, it shows so many facetes and different influences. Indeed, Zheul is a part of it but also jazz and symphonic prog with dark atmosphere is provided. All together a great mixture and very unique. "Mister green" is one of my favorite albums and every rating without a 5 in it would be a contradiction to the before said. Taal is not really well known, unfortunately. I think they deserve more attention because they make interesting music wich can enthuse you for a very long time. If you like King Crimson, Magma or Frank Zappa you should check out this album...but wait, you should check it out anyway. It's not very often that I'm thrilled about an album like I was about this one. Highly recommended.

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Posted Saturday, August 07, 2004

Review by Menswear
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4 stars W-O-W!

When it comes to France, progressive rock is meeting new ground. Bands like Ange, Nemo, Clearlight, Gong and Magma made their mark by creating (most of the time) some new trends and even sometimes, a new category. And to me, french progressive rock meant bizarre, complex and hard to reach music, and with Taal, it's still weird but the 'wow factor' is simply too high to ignore this band.

How come this band is still unknown? It's a shame to bypass such quality, skillness, energy and intelligence in these neo-progressive times that we are living. Not that neo prog is bad, it's just that Taal is recreating the complexity and enigmatic atmosphere of Anglagard, the energy of a young Dream Theater and the néo-classical approach of Yngwie Malmsteen...it feels so good to have something nourrishing to chew on.

Words are missing to tell you how great and exciting this is for me, since many bands are drawing away from such majestic orchestration and intelligent songwriting. A huge round of applause to that enduring guitar player who delivers and carries the song on his shoulders, track after track.

Kudos to Taal that delivers a powerful exercise of energy, skills wrapped in an eerie atmosphere.

A powerful and symphonic whiplash.

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Posted Thursday, September 06, 2007

Review by tszirmay
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Crossover Team
4 stars I finally get to comment on one of the very few truly progressive modern outfits anywhere, incorporating various ingredients that boggle and stun. I have listened to this heavily before reviewing because some may think I only like the gentler side of progressive music. Just like any self respecting prog pervert, I like the rough kinky stuff too, on occasion! First, let's get the mechanics out of the way by boldly claiming that the musicians are both creative and technically highly proficient. Guitarist Anthony Gabard has the fueled rage of a Fripp pretty much down pat with brilliant metallic interventions that scream: wow! Loïc Bernardeau is one of those supremely original "percussionaires", while bassist David Stuart Dosnon puts down some beefy lines that evoke the rumblings of prime John Wetton and Sébastien Constant wields a vast array of assorted dense keyboards. Taal also throws in some Zappaesque influences with the inclusion of various saxes, clarinet, violin, cello, trombone and flute. Their debut "Mister Green" sets the luxuriant table of a shrewd and innovative musical banquet where only the unexpected is served, as each of the 9 courses on this menu continuously astonish. After a brief a-propos sound byte, the acridly titled opener "Barbituricus" proposes an initial searing numbness with various atmospherics that incorporate a weaving Canterbury style choral work, some gurgling bass, Frippian buzzsaw rhythm guitar slashes, galloping percussion and some more febrile lead fretwork. There is a hint of Mahavishnu Orchestra in the arrangements, displaying a careening virtuosity that is continents removed from Neo or Symph prog, brash twists and lush turns, hard and soft contrasts galore, with Gabard letting sparks fiercely fly. All the ingredients are thrown in at the most opportune time, a trombone surging from nowhere, elevating the passion to climactic heights. It takes balls to kick off one's career with such a 15 minute extravaganza! The nearly 9 minute "Coornibus" is at first piloted by a gentle flute/guitar duet, pastoral yet with an ominous undertone, when as expected a fierce guitar exploration sets fire to the entire context, emitting a quasi Magmaesque controlled fury mixed in with some heavy medieval musings and string/choir orchestrations adding to the lava! A romantic jazz piano interlude calms the storm but only briefly as Gabard's dirty guitar hungrily flings the piece again into darker realms. Nothing drags on too long with this "équipe", constantly in search of new musical destinations. "Flat Spectre" is another epic multi- flavored stew that has Spanish guitar musings, a keyboard driven slightly Middle Eastern feel, a bluesy mid section that grooves gently and veers into a crescendo of Felliniesque blistering guitar leads. There is a circus like detail which is a trusted coloring from this band, relying on it to keep the listener on the "Halt, who goes there?", relaying to a furious finale that screams, howls and agonizes. "Ragtime" is, as the title implies, a brief whimsical romp with the clarinet taking its natural place, until it too decides to go somewhat ballistic, aided and abetted with some very chunky chords. Bizarre! "No Way!" proffers some vaudeville sillyness with nausea and gurgling, before Daevid Allen era Gong vocal hysterics with trombones a boomin' usher in the title track, a dizzying piece that has absolute no pomp or circumstance. Hmm, Gong did spend a lot of time in rural France, for legal reasons. This may prove that Taal were the children playing in their hippie commune! "Mister Grey" is a return to their sulfuric style, guitars ablaze and kick ass drumming propelling the mood ever forward. Yeah, it's intricate, at times disjointed and simply complex (as opposed to Math), with unending wit, charm and balls. The outstanding "Aspartamus" provides more of the same with tingling keys, roaming bass and more effusive Gabardian blasts that verge on the pyrotechnical. I am preferential towards more melodious fretmen (Latimer, Peeters, Gilmour, Holmes, Hillage, Hackett, Howe etc.), yet Robert Fripp is still my capo but Anthony Gabard, you must remember this name. This man is bloody ridiculous. Last track best track syndrome, as "Super Flat Moon" ends this extravagant debut with sheer gusto and destructive flair, clearly nailing down a five star rating, with an even more overt Larks Tongues/Starless & Bible Black/Red feel, mainly due to the heavy violin presence, the utter Frippoid guitar devastation, the steamroller rhythm section plowing ahead unrestrained, with a contemplative middle section loaded with various atmospherics just to keep the record straight (pun intended). As the sudden bar room jazzy piano shuffles effortlessly, I am standing and I am applauding. To quote David Byrne "this ain't no party, this ain't no disco", just some fine experimental prog of the finest caliber. 4 étaals.

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Posted Monday, February 18, 2008

Review by Mellotron Storm
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4 stars A special thanks to tszirmay first of all. Man this is a good album, and talk about being Progressive and adventerous ! I still think the followup "Skymind" is the better album. They went from five members on this one to ten on "Skymind" adding a lot of strings for the most part. Also "Skymind" is heavier and more dynamic. Having said all of that, this one is so impressive.

We get started with the over 15 minute "Barbituricus" which is worth the price of admission by itself. It sounds like a party to begin with until we hear the sound of a door opening, then as it closes the sounds of the party end. Atmosphere rolls in. A melody after 2 minutes turns heavy. Female vocal melodies as it settles after 3 minutes. Nice chunky bass too. Heavy again 4 minutes in. It calms right down before 5 1/2 minutes as contrasts continue. Organ before 8 minutes then the guitar takes over. Flute and a calm 12 1/2 minutes in before kicking in once again. Great tune. "Coornibus" is led by flute early. It kicks in with the guitar before 2 minutes. Heavy a minute later. A change before 4 minutes as it settles. The flute is back. Heavy again after 5 minutes then settles with piano before 6 1/2 minutes. The guitar joins in and the tempo picks up.

"Flat Spectre" is another long one at over 12 1/2 minutes. It's mellow to open before the drums and guitar arrive. Contrasts continue. This sounds really good, both the laid back and aggressive sections. The guitar rips it up pretty good late. "Ragtime" is as the title suggests. The dissonant horns are interesting. The song ends with breaking glass. "No Way !" opens with samples of someone speaking and other sounds. Fast paced vocals come in as we hear someone drinking, burping and throwing up. Nice. "Mister Green" opens with horns and a rhythm. Vocals join in. Some silliness on this one. "Mr Grey" opens with marching styled drums as horns then guitar join in. Heaviness after a minute. It comes and goes. "Aspartamus" opens with samples before the music takes over including piano. The guitar sounds great 1 1/2 minutes in. A calm follows as piano takes over. When it picks back up it sounds amazing. A calm before 5 minutes,it's kind of spacey. It kicks back in before 7 minutes. "Super Flat Moon" is jazzy to start. Violin and guitar then take turns in the spotlight. It's spacey 4 1/2 minutes in before kicking back in. It gets experimental too. Jazzy again before 9 minutes. The music stops 10 minutes in as we hear that party again to end it.

Easily 4 stars but recommended to those who are into Rio / Avant and adventerous music.

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Review by apps79
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3 stars Named after a volcano on the island of Luzon in the Philippines, French band Taal from Poitiers appeared in 1992 as a trio led by drummer/singer Loic Bernardeau.By mid-90's they were joined by keyboardist Sebastien Constant and their sound obtained a more symphonic, proggy nature.The band, with Anthony Gabard on guitar and David Dosnon on bass, signed a contract with Musea and released the debut ''Mister Green'' in 2000, featuring plenty of guest musicians on female voices, wind and string instruments.

Taal ended partly with a semi-original sound, containing elements from Progressive Rock, Folk, Avant-Garde, Jazz, Soundtrack Music, Classical Music and Heavy Metal, a weird but tight mix of different styles based both on technique and atmosphere.What really helps the band is the presentation of several long compositions, where these styles can be mixed sufficiently and there is enough room for the music to breathe.Vocals are limited and ''Mister Green'' depends much on the instrumental exercises of Taal.The vast amount of the music is characterized by the quite heavy guitar work, including some very complicated moves and hard riffing, and the huge Classical elements delivered by the string and wind instruments on the release.Of course this description is rather simplistic.There is a fair amount of orchestral keyboards, delicate Ethnic-sounding flutes and even some jazzy guitar solos to be found throughout, eventually creating an album with a variety of atmospheres, a good balance between almost metallic moments and smooth passages and a good dose of complex breaks, professional interplays but also grandiose orchestral themes.

Very demanding and unusual musicianship with a quite haunting mood.If you like bands in the vein of THORK or SYRINX, ''Mister Green'' will not dissapoint you.Strongly recommended..3.5 stars.

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4 stars Most of French progressive bands (even that not from Symphonic-prog style) always give us a impression of be influenced by bands like ANGE and MONALISA... and although TAAL "Mr Green" reveal a bit of Symphonic in their music, this effect don't appears...in fact their music is Eclectic-Prog ... (read more)

Report this review (#947034) | Posted by maryes | Saturday, April 20, 2013 | Review Permanlink

4 stars EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED,that's what we can say before listening this debut album of a very talented and original French band-TAAL!I was intrigued and undecided which album to choose for the review,because both are excellent ,and finally I've decided that this first one has something superior to ... (read more)

Report this review (#260558) | Posted by Ovidiu | Tuesday, January 12, 2010 | Review Permanlink

3 stars Usually the bands that incorporate too many musical styles are difficult to establish in a particular genre and they are classified in the Art-Rock sub-genre, but this french act could be easily in the RIO/avant one. But as i said they have so many ideas like jazz, metal, symphonic, folk, etc.,t ... (read more)

Report this review (#130201) | Posted by FranMuzak | Wednesday, July 25, 2007 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Their style is unique (which alone is bloody rarity these days). This can be fusion but not jazz rock - rather fusion of various musical styles- prog rock, classical, symphonic, art, with jazzy touches, with avantgardish touches. Musical directions are widely spread, but this coctail is of suc ... (read more)

Report this review (#36850) | Posted by eugene | Saturday, June 18, 2005 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the French ÄNGLAGÅRD! Having heard only one track from "Mister Green" on a prog radio, I was immediately knew I should get the whole album. And I was not disappointed -- this is what I was looking for since discovering ÄNGLAGÅRD -- rich in sound, extremely complex ... (read more)

Report this review (#35444) | Posted by warwick | Monday, June 06, 2005 | Review Permanlink

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