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Sébastien Gramond

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Studio Album, released in 2003

Songs / Tracks Listing

1 Eleven O'Clock 12:19
2 There's A Place For You To Run Away 3:13
3 NJ 69 1:33
4 The Empty Life Of A Dope 2:01
5 Doo You Wah To Be A Bop 2:46
6 Body Control 5:47
7 My Dear, My Fear 4:50

Total Time 32:29

Line-up / Musicians

- Sébastien Gramond / all instruments

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Unlistenable Records 103121

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Review by Conor Fynes
3 stars 'Body Control' - Sébastien Gramond (6/10)

Sébastien Gramond's 'Body Control' is fairly jazzy and funky, making use of some chilled vibes and nice guitar jamming that is very reminiscent of '60s psychedelia. As the album goes along its path, things generally begin to lean towards Gramond's more experimental side, as can be seen into the trippy electronic title track 'Body Control'. Like virtually all of Sébastien Gramond's albums that I have come across, things are very diverse here, but 'Body Control' isn't so over the place and scattered as many of the others. Instead, there is a trend of going from one style and gradually moving towards other ones as the album pushes through. The result is a feeling of a somewhat intentioned journey rather that a mish-mash collection of genres.

The most memorable track here is certainly the title track, which has some cool counterplay between psychedelia and electronic dance music. A strong sense of melody is also employed, and although the track is quite drawn out and spread (as much dance music is), it falls back to a theme which keeps it all together. Earlier in the album, the songwriting never feels as interesting, but the guitar soloing of Gramond makes up for it somewhat; a jazzy style of improvisation that works quite well. As has been said, 'Body Control' continues down a weirder path as it moves along, and this strange feeling culminates in the dark organ piece 'My Dear, My Fear', which uses gothic organ dabbling, overlapped choral vocals and strange screaming to get across a vibe close to that of fellow French musicians Magma. An interesting way to close a Sébastien Gramond album, no doubt.

Quite a good album from Sébastien Gramond, although it does feel that even though the album is fairly cohesive, large sections of composition could have been improved upon to make for a better product.

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