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2.38 | 15 ratings | 2 reviews | 20% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2008

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. La Trilogie des Mouches (29:48)
2. Cousine (7:30)
3. Le Taureau (9:04)
4. L'Homme ŕ la Jambe qui Boit (23:34)
5. Oppression (4:48)

Total Time 74:44

Line-up / Musicians

- Gregory Pozzoli / guitar
- Arnaud M'Doihoma / bass, vocals
- Philippe Prebet / guitar
- Thomas Larsen / drums

Releases information

Gazul Records- Musea

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JACK DUPON L'Échelle du Désir ratings distribution

(15 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(20%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(27%)
Good, but non-essential (27%)
Collectors/fans only (20%)
Poor. Only for completionists (7%)

JACK DUPON L'Échelle du Désir reviews

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Review by The Hemulen
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
2 stars 2.5 stars.

I'm sorry to say that, to my ears at least, Jack Dupon are not much of an avant-prog band. Whilst this album displays touches of dissonance and a few quirky moments, the vast majority of this album is straight-up Progressive Rock, albeit with a rawness and directness that easily sets it apart from the keyboard-drenched likes of Yes and many of their contemporaries. The yowling guitar solos, pounding drums and throbbing bass which drive this album are far more reminiscent of King Crimson than Henry Cow or Thinking Plague. And as if that wasn't enough, surely the fact that this album kicks off with an "epic" song that's just shy of thirty minutes should make it abundantly clear that this rock with a capital Prog?

Whilst I could never accuse this album of being musically dull or unadventurous, it's certainly not the most exciting or original thing I've ever heard. It probably doesn't help that it's all so guitar-orientated - after thirty minutes of relentless electric guitar, bass and drums with a few theatrical Etron Fou-esque vocals thrown in for good measure I was pretty knackered and wanted something different. But that was only one song out of the way, and the remaining four (including another epic of 23 minutes) offered nothing new in the way of instrumentation or musical style (save for a few token psych-y moments here and there). Really, for such a limited range of sounds, an album of half this length would suffice, and probably pack a much better punch in the process.

There are also a few attempts at humour to be found on this album. The majority of the vocals are in French so I wouldn't like to say for certain but their delivery suggests a definite tongue-in-cheek approach, and the arrangements occasionally descend into sub-Samla musical japery. I've nothing against humour in music (far from it - my username here is a Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band reference, after all!) but it doesn't always sit well alongside long-form proggy jams which seem intent on "rocking out" wherever possible.

This isn't a bad album by any means, and would certainly appeal to anyone looking for some quirky, playful prog with strong rock focus. Anyone hoping for something really new or challenging may well be better off looking elsewhere.

Still, this is a debut album from a new band so I don't wish to be too harsh. There's a lot of potential here, but much of it remains untapped for now.

On a final, and more universally positive note - the packaging and artwork for this album is lovely. The inside images are of a host of superbly costumed figures (which may or may not relate to the lyrical content of the album) in a variety of posed scenarios, perfectly emphasising the theatrical nature of Jack Dupon's music.

Review by apps79
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
2 stars For French band Jack Dupon it all started in 2001, when drummer Thomas Larsen met guitarist Gregory Pozzoli and bassist Arnaud M'Doihoma at college, forming an early jamming trio.2004 sees the addition of another guitarist, Philippe Prebet, and the quartet launches his first ever live appearance in June of the same year.Jack Dupon started gigging at a constant basis both in France and abroad, participating in contests and even came up with a self-production CD in 2006, recorded in their own studio.In 2008 the band signs a contract with Musea and eventually a second, more professional work sees the light the same year on Musea's Zeuhl/Rio/Avant Prog specialized sub-label Gazul, entitled ''L'échelle du désir''.

The album is dominated by two very long compositions, ''La trilogie des mouches'' and ''L'homme ŕ la jambe qui boit'', clocking totally at over 53 minutes (!!!), next to three more shorter cuts.The style of the band is really hard to describe, quite personal, but also very hard to follow.Guitar-dominated mostly instrumental music with over the top aggressive theatrical vocals here and there, characterized by dark grooves, divided into low- and up-tempo rhythms.Both the longer compositions are raw examples of guitar workouts with an evident KING CRIMSON-vibe, offering plenty of breaks, solos, dual interplays and jams, always under a very dark-sounding mood.Bass lines are really heavy along with some powerful and pounding drumming.The shorter cuts do not at all.However the lack of some extra instrumentation along with the similarity of the compositions make this CD quite monotonous along the way.And while the concept of blending these guitar performances with some excessive vocal parts seems decent and far from cliche, the album is too long and repetitive for its own sake.

''L'échelle du désir'' ends up to be a questionable experiment.It will possibly leave satisfied the narrow limited base of KING CRIMSON-alike bands worldwide, but it is difficult to be appreciated by a wider audience due to its one-dimensional sound.

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