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3.74 | 76 ratings | 11 reviews | 32% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1980

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. A Modern Lesson (5:00)
2. Palmiers En Pots: Trio / Tango (3:24)
3. Geistige Nacht (5:20)
4. I Viaggi Formano La Gioventu (5:13)
5. Inoculating Rabies (1:59)
6. Cinema (23:03)
7. Bosses De Crosses (7:02)

Total Time: 51:00


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Line-up / Musicians

- Michel Berckmans / basson, oboe
- Chris Cutler / drums, percussions, radio
- Fred Frith / bass, guitar, prepared guitar
- Marc Hollander / organ, piano, bass clarinet, Alto saxophone, xylophone, percussions
- Catherine Jauniaux / voice
- Denis Van Hecke / cello, electric cello, voice
- Frank Wuyts / piano, synthesizer
- Yvon Vromman / guitars, vocals
- Veronique Vincent / guitars
- Gerard Fenerberg / vocals, guitar
- Vincent Kenis / bass
- Jeanf Jones Jacob III / drums

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AKSAK MABOUL Un Peu De L'Âme Des Bandits ratings distribution

(76 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(32%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(43%)
Good, but non-essential (18%)
Collectors/fans only (5%)
Poor. Only for completionists (1%)

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Review by Sean Trane
3 stars Much more accessible than their debut , but more in the RIO genre , this album is certainly rockier. Proof is the first track where they sound Velvet Underground pastiching Bo Diddley. Of most interest is the intervention of Fred Firth and Chris Cutler of Henry Cow (I think they had disbanded by now) who are noted down as regular members of the band. Not everything is good but this stays more accessible/listenable than all H C albums and also Univers Zero. The last track on here holds the name of the next group Honeymoon Killers. Only for confirmed RIO fanatics .
Review by progmonster
3 stars Wicked little monsters return with their final statement, much more obscure than the first. The childish qualities of "Onze Danses pour Combattre la Migraine" and its kind of gentle naivety almost vanish here in favour of really complex piece of music. Henry Cow misses you ? Well, take a listen to "Geistige Nacht", you'll surely be satisfied. Fred Frith and Chris Cutler teaming up with the former members of the band, this is no surprise. But that's the main difference between the two discs : this one sounds as a collective effort while their first is much more like a solo piece, more prcisely a duet. Both sides are enjoyable, unless you enjoy some unpleasant ways of doing music...
Review by avestin
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4 stars Calling a band Maboul (French slang for crazy, nutty) creates certain expectations. And this album does hold up to them. The result might be called Ethnic-Noise-Chamber-Rock. This album alternates between the bizarre (A Modern Lesson) and the obscure (I Viaggi Formano La Gioventu) with the many oriental/arab sounds in some of the tracks and the classical instrumentation in others. I love the opening track for its disharmonic and contrasts between the female vocals and the instruments. The oriental sounds here add a great flavour to the music alongside the punk in several songs and the chamber-rock in others. Inoculating Rabies is a sort of post-punk track with its noisy guitars on the one hand which sound as if they were a bit far away from the microphones and the wind instruments (bassoon and oboe) which are more in the front of the music. The combination which may seem at first to not go together is actually working quite well, as do all other weird instrumental combinations in other tracks such as Bosses De Crosses. The 23 minutes Cinema starts as an abstract piece and then by ~6:00 gets into a more formed shape and becomes a chamber rock piece, and as it develops it brings in more elements into it. The end result is an eclectic album filled with very different styles that are put together and sound (to me) very good when played alongside. If you are a fan of RIO and the weird and avant-garde forms of music, then this album is for you. This receives 4 stars from me. It is a good album, which I enjoy tremendously. Maybe not the most essential RIO record, but it is worthwhile getting it nonetheless, it will enrich your prog collection.
Review by snobb
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4 stars Second and the last Aksak Mabul album is strongly different from their debut. Three years of intensive concerts under RIO flags have gone, and Aksak Maboul is very different band on this release.

Besides of founding duo of Marc Hollander and Vincent Kenis, all the bunch of RIO leading artists participates on the recordings: drummer Chris Cutler and guitarist Fred Frith from Henry Cow, wind player Michel Berckmans from UZ, vocalist Catherine Jauniaux.

If band's debut was beautiful very acoustic, melancholic European urban folk-avant, pleasant and enjoyable, this album from very first minutes opens with dissonances, dark atmospheres and tension. Not even traces of sunny aerial sound of it's predecessor could be found - air is nervous, very noisy, instruments distorted, compositions broken by rhythms and structures. Even more - being in fact quite characteristic RIO album, with strong chamber rock influences and some free jazz moments, every composition of this album is played in different manner.

From free jazz bulky songs to dark chamber rock to street-wise Argentinian tango to excellent Middle Eastern hypnotising tune to almost Iggy Pop-like punk. Such concept makes this album very eclectic, more close to collection of occasional songs, but from the other hand, every composition is very different and listener has no chance to become bored. 23+ minutes long Cinema is a culmination - complex contemporary avant composition ,minimalist by its nature, but with soloing of different instruments one after another over the basic sound.

It's very difficult to compare two this great band's releases: I really love their debut as excellence of European urban folklore-based avant, but this, their second release, has its nerve, its tension and its own world of real RIO against debut's beauty. Recommended as equally good pair for debut.

Review by Dobermensch
3 stars At least the Prog Archives show the censored cover. Look at 'Rate Your Music' - they trembled in fear of opprobrium and instead show a big 'X' instead! It's political correctness gone mad I tell ya.

If ever the term 'Avant Prog' was suited to a band 'Aksak Maboul' are the culprits. "Un Peu De L'Âme Des Bandits" is a twisted concoction of Jazz Rock. A hugely overblown wacky chamber prog album that is superior in many ways to 'Univers Zero' and 'Art Zoyd', with their unpredictability and wide variety of instruments.

'Maboul' is very fitting as it means 'mental' in French and you won't hear a much more mental 'RIO' recording this side of Uzbekistan. Chaos reigns supreme with a whacked out Fred Frith and Chris Cutler pulling the strings along with ex "Cos" keyboardist Marc Hollander doing what he does best.

Many genres are pounced upon, ravished then left for dead as they work their way through the fields like a 12 man slaughterhouse team: Middle East, Chamber and Punk are all decimated as the 'Maboul' tank rolls on.

'Cinema' is a monster 23 minute track heavy with woodwind instruments. Despite the rather cacophonous opening it definitely gains shape and form the longer it progresses and at points almost gains some semblance of a tune.

'"Un Peu De L'Âme Des Bandits" is one of those annoying albums that sounds great when you're listening to it but where you find yourself unable to remember much about it afterwards. There's nothing 'hummable' which would want to make you go back and listen to it again.

Too erratic and random for five stars, too tuneless for four, An album that has very little wrong with it and probably deserves more than the measly three I've given. It's for a certain time and place - a time and place I don't have much time for...

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4 stars Aksak Maboul - Un Peu De L'Âme Des Bandits If I were asked to define what exactly Rock-In Opposition was and sounded like, I would do two things: I would first think of a clear, concise definition of what the movement represented, and list a few bands that partook in the movement. Alongside of ... (read more)

Report this review (#171109) | Posted by Figglesnout | Thursday, May 15, 2008 | Review Permanlink

3 stars Aksak Maboul's debut was, in my opinion, a near-masterpiece. The Rock-In-Opposition movement (which was at the time a collective of five avant-garde bands) thought so as well, and Aksak ended up being one of the three bands added onto the original movement. Unfortunately, though, the RIO boys co ... (read more)

Report this review (#152874) | Posted by rileydog22 | Monday, November 26, 2007 | Review Permanlink

4 stars So - personally I like this one much more than the first one of them... obviously because of essential participation of Chris Cutler and Fred Frith (from good ol' Henry Cow) and Michel Berckmans (from great Univers Zero). Really - this album includes large bunch of hints to the musics of very ... (read more)

Report this review (#70637) | Posted by Rainer Rein | Monday, February 27, 2006 | Review Permanlink

5 stars A Masterpiece of the rarities... Eventhough I haven't heard the First Album, sometimes when the musicians explore new horizons s the music turns in to a a whole experiment, and in some cases they failed. Nevertheless, this Album it's the perfect mixture between experimentation; production, pro ... (read more)

Report this review (#51692) | Posted by rafabal | Friday, October 14, 2005 | Review Permanlink

4 stars The R.I.O. music is by definition a challenge to the listener. This album from Aksak Maboul is in that tradition, difficult, but when you get into it, is a sumpreme joy...and it's even more enjoyable when came someone who is fan of mtv music, and you play this in your cd can look ... (read more)

Report this review (#38961) | Posted by | Saturday, July 9, 2005 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Beside the excentric tastes and the eclectism, "Un Peu..." first hit me right between my ears; "A Modern Lesson" reminded me of that melody-of-tones-composition technique, well- known for its use from Webern to Zappa, only this time the melodic line itself is made up by cut and paste technique; ... (read more)

Report this review (#32726) | Posted by | Tuesday, April 12, 2005 | Review Permanlink

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