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3.55 | 50 ratings | 18 reviews | 32% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2005

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Ouverture
2. Cats
3. The Stack
4. Don't Sleep part 1
5. Who We Are
6. Farewell
7. Fly Away
8. Don't Sleep part 2
9. Hold Out Your Hand
10. Island
11. Fairy Tales
12. Negative Zone

Line-up / Musicians

- Cédric Cartaut / guitar, vocals
- Manuel Santiago / guitar, keyboards, vocals
- Bruno Ramousse / bass, vocals, flute
- Fabrice Dimondo / drums

Releases information

CD Musea Records (2005)

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NEGATIVE ZONE Negative Zone ratings distribution

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(32%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(32%)
Good, but non-essential (20%)
Collectors/fans only (10%)
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Review by Fishy
4 stars At the end of the sixties, prior to the heyday of progressive rock there were a lot of psychedelic bands producing calm but nevertheless chaotic music with some symphonic flavours. It's obvious Pink Floyd was the best known band of the bunch. Negative zone created a record full of music for those who liked the sound of an album like "A saucerful of secrets". The Gilmour like vocals aren't interrupting much of the lush atmospheres but when they do, they sound courtesy of the mentioned era including the splendid vocal harmonies. The subtle guitar solo's are awesome, sounding sometimes like whales. At times, there's a notable influence of surf music in the guitar chords and again, the acoustic sections & delicate keys (mostly organ) are very Floydian. Most of the time this music is sounding slow and intimate but there's some irruptions of a wall of sound every now and then. This is a record to listen to from start to finish. Without checking on the display of your cd player you never notice as one tracks flow into another one. Therefore it's hard to recommend some highlights as you really should listen to all of the album, only the first couple of songs are a letdown. Maybe the title track and the first part of "Don't sleep" are the most special ones and sum up all the qualities of this excellent music. Although these track include a succession of different atmospheres, it isn't hard to get into the music due to the natural flow and the dreamy atmosphere. Therefore this album is extremely suitable to listen to on a holiday when you feel all of the stress of the daily life slipping away. I wonder why this band is called Negative zone as this music takes you in a good mood. The sound of this progressive record is most refreshing even if you realise this kind of music is from another era, it doesn't sound dated, only timeless. Those who treasure early Floyd (from "A saucerful" till "Meddle") should definitely have a listen to this wonderful album. A strange but short record that appeals from the very first listen.
Review by hdfisch
3 stars Not an essential work in Prog but a very good and nice album! 3 1/2 stars really!

Though being really not original nor innovative at all NEGATIVE ZONE's debut is hard to be pulled down. It's certainly a very good album, maybe even to be called excellent and a very pleasant listen but nevertheless far from being a masterpiece, at least within progressive rock and that is what we're dealing with on this site. Actually in a way it sounds almost like a musical trip through the history of Pink Floyd starting from the early psychedelic days ("Cats") to spacey gilmourish guitar lines ("Fly Away"), even Cédric Cartaut's vocals sound very similar. Just the fact that these are all really their own compositions saves them from being not more than an (admitedly) excellent cover band. Nevertheless they're carrying their influences "on the sleeve" for sure and most probably they will be always be remembered as a PF clone band later on for this. Let's hope for these guys that I'm wrong and they're going to have a brilliant future with many more good and more original releases. At least from the point of musicianship they're excellent and if they manage to find their very own self-contained style they could really become a great and essential band in progressive rock one day.

Though most probably it will not be an all-time-fav of mine (this has to be proved by the test of time) I like this album especially its second half having the much stronger tracks. But since I usually do not EVERYTHING I like necessarily with 4 or 5 stars and rather depend my decision upon the overall historical importance of an album I'm giving it "only" a 3-star rating. Moreover I've got the impression it's been slightly overrated by Floyd fans in particular.

Review by Mellotron Storm
3 stars There have been a lot of bands over the years who have been described as sounding like PINK FLOYD, but I have never heard a band sound as much like PINK FLOYD as the French band NEGATIVE ZONE. And as it is apparent that PINK FLOYD won't be recording any new material any time soon (if ever), this record is just what many FLOYD fans want. Although lets face it a lot of people prefer bands who are more original if that's possible these days. This isn't eighties sounding FLOYD, this is late sixties, early seventies FLOYD. There is the psychedelic silliness found on the first two tracks that reminds me of "Pipers At The Gates Of Dawn", which for me are the weakest. It's the rest of the album for me that shines brighter.

"The Stack" is a short instrumental that is a little creepy to begin with. Lots of atmosphere while late in the song it gets chaotic and louder. "Don't Sleep Part 1" is a great track ! My favourite. Spacey synths, strummed guitar and Gilmour-like vocals. Love the organ that comes in at 3 1/2 minutes. A dead calm arrives 6 minutes in, it becomes quite haunting, and at the seven minute mark it is even MORTE MACABRE-like. "Who Are We" has a nice heavy sound. The tempo picks up as the angular guitar comes and goes.The melody stops 3 minutes in as we get lots of atmosphere to the end of the song. "Farewell" has a line in it that goes "...see you soon on the dark side of the moon". I've heard that somewhere before I think ? The song itself sounds like it came off the "Meddle' album.

"Fly Away" has a great sound to it once it kicks in. Heavy psychedelic. "Don't Sleep Part 2" has a fantastic organ intro and the vocals may be at their best here.The guitar seems to echo. This song reminds me of the band FIRST BAND FROM OUTER SPACE. "Hold Out Your Hand" is another good track, it's gentle, fragile, beautiful with Gilmour-like guitars. "Island" is similar as well, soft vocals and flute added too. The song "Negative Zone" is rather atmospheric, and it intensifies at the six minute mark with some energetic drumming and great guitar.

If your a fan of early PINK FLOYD this album was made for you !

Review by CCVP
4 stars Way too floydian to be considered a original masterpiece, but it is still enjoyable

Well, it is unquestionable that Pink Floyd's influence is very, very vast, reaching from punk rock (well, the punks hated Pink Floyd, so that IS some kind of influence nevertheless) to extreme metal, passing through pop rock, prog rock and many others only on the rock genre. This french band right here is clearly one of many band influenced by Pink Floyd, since they care to sound floydian since the very beginning of the album (well, in fact the music only REALLY starts in the second song, but who is counting?), reaching from the psychedelic rock (like the song Cats) to the long and synth dominated space rock songs (like the Don't Sleep songs and the Negative Zone song).

In fact, this is basically a vintage album that reproduces with stunning perfection the psychedelic music if the late 60's and the early 70's. However, this is, at the same time, the biggest virtue and the biggest flaw of the album: the music presented here is terrific but it is very derivative and emulative. But since the big bands of the genre, such as Pink Floyd, Eloy and Hawkwind, will not release any new albums soon or have not released a very good album is some time, Negative Zone homonym album will have to do the work for the eager fans of the space rock genre.

About the songs, musicianship and other features there are some thing i would like to state:

These french guys can sure deliver some good music on their debut, but it is not very challenging music. if you are used to this king of music you will sure like this band and there are no extremely difficult or technical parts here and, because of that, there are no display of exceptional musicianship. The lyrics are pure nonsense, just psychedelic talk.

Grade and final thoughts

Well, if like Pink Floyd and psychedelic rock in general, this album is for you. Very good music but they unfortunately emulate Floyd way too much, stopping me from giving them the 5 star grade. In fact, the 4 star grade may be considered way too generous, but i think they deserve this grade.

Review by silvertree
1 stars Oh no. Yet another flagrant Pink Floyd clone or should I say 'wannabees'. It does contain original elements such as the use of a flute and some humour. However, the flute is much too rare to be interesting. The humour reminds me of the other French band called Taal. But come on, let's face it. This is just a pale copy of the original with vocals having a French accent... It's not that I don't like Pink Floyd influenced bands. I quite like RPWL and Tale but this is way too close to Pink Floyd for me to listen to it a second time. So this is going straight to the bin.
Review by Moatilliatta
3 stars Wow! I don't think I've ever heard a band that isn't Pink Floyd sound so much like Pink Floyd. The only distinctions between Negative Zone and Pink Floyd are the different vocalists and the modern production of the former. The music sounds the same, the vocal styles are the same, the atmosphere is the same, it's crazy. While most listeners will find this striking similarity to be a problem, I don't, at least not entirely. Negative Zone may not be original or essential listening, but they do provide a set of enjoyable songs on their self-titled debut. Insatiable Pink Floyd fans may find this to be a suitable replacement for a new Pink Floyd release that will probably never come. That isn't to say that this album is on the same level as the glorious 1971-1977 Pink Floyd releases; it's definitely not as profound, provocative or powerful. But, with rich textures and atmosphere, plus a little bit of humor and flute peppered in throughout, Negative Zone is worth a listen by anyone at all interested in Pink Floyd or psychadelic/space rock music. Some may not be able to get over the sound and some just may not be captivated by it, but some will find certain pleasure.
Review by UMUR
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3 stars "Negative Zone" is the eponymously titled debut full-length studio album by French progressive rock act Negative Zone. The album was released in 2005 through Musea Records. Featuring members of Eclat and Mirage, these guys are reasonably seasoned and everything is performed with great skill and conviction.

Stylistically the material on the album is strongly influenced by late 60s/early 70s Pink Floyd. I generally don´t like using the word clone, but it´s obvious that Negative Zone kneel at the alter of the "Atom Heart Mother". It´s however not the first impression you get when the opening carnival introduction track "Ouverture" plays, but when "Cats" starts you´re transported right back to the sound of Pink Floyd´s debut full-length studio album "The Piper at the Gates of Dawn" (1967). However the remaining tracks on the album have more in common with the next couple of Pink Floyd albums (up until about 1973). Mellow, laid-back, psychedelic space rock/progressive rock which is slow building and atmospheric. The vocals are well performed, sedated, and often features harmonies.

Pink Floyd isn´t the only influence as heard on "Who We Are", Negative Zone have also been listening to King Crimson and their more heavy avant garde approach to playing progressive rock. While borrowing from two progressive rock legends doesn´t make the music featured on this album any more unique sounding, at least it means that there´s some diversity to be found.

Negative Zone features a well sounding production, which suits the material well. Little details could have been better, but it´s exactly that...details. Overall "Negative Zone" is a decent quality debut album, and if you can see past the "in your face" influences, it´s probably an even greater album. A 3 star (60%) rating is warranted.

Review by ZowieZiggy
2 stars I was attracted by this band because of the close relation they are supposed to have with Floyd.

It takes some time to get there actually. The first three short tracks are totally useless: mostly grotesque (in the ''Grobschnitt'' sense of the term) for both ''Overture'' and ''Cats'', while ''Stack'' is a spacey electronic track with no texture, experimental.

Things get better with ''Don't Sleep'' which can be considered as the first true song from this album. The band is investigating more traditional atmospheres and the tranquil and acoustic start builds up nicely. A gentle piece of aerial music which turns into an ''Echoes'' clone for the closing section (you know, the long sidereal middle part of this gigantic epic).

If you consider that the second leg of this song is pretty decent (even vocals are OK here), you'll have about an idea of this album: here and there some well constructed music, but most of the time it sounds completely chaotic and loose (''Who We Are'').

Almost all songs (except three) are on the very short end (less than three minutes). I'm not saying that long tracks are per se better but at least it allows to develop a little more and it could have avoided to bear some old fashioned tune like ''Farewell'' (I bet you!). It is even more childish than any of the songs from ''Piper''. Floyd were pioneering with ''Piper''. Almost forty years later, ''Negative Zone'' (they opted for this name.) doesn't add any particular flavour even if the second half of a song as ''Fly Away'' is pleasant.

A later Floyd can be appreciated during the second ''long'' track from this album (just over 4'30''). ''Hold Out Your Hand'' is a typical Gilmour oriented song and features a basic structure: acoustic start which ends up into a more ''dynamic'' electric solo. The whole remains mellow but fine though.

Even if this album sounds too much of the same (''Island''), it is excellent for relaxation. So, sit back and tranquilize (''Fairy Tales''). Should there be any future for this band (they are apparently working on a second album), they should maybe concentrate in expanding their own musical ideas or dig more in the direction of the closing and title track.

I don't appreciate this album very much; just average. Five out of ten.

Latest members reviews

3 stars The first time i've listened to NEGATIVE ZONE, i thought: well, that is pretty like PINK FLOYD! In fact, the whole sound if floydian. I guess that the main influence comes from Dark Side Of The Moon.. From those olden times, when David Gilmour was young, and when Syd Barret was alive, and well ... (read more)

Report this review (#156453) | Posted by Awol | Monday, December 24, 2007 | Review Permanlink

4 stars In these days I'd never expecpected a space rock album so close to a bygone reality. Not only the lyrics, not only the exelent music they made but also the great studio work that helped us to enter the "trip" they offer. The intro of the album take us into a fantasy world that reminds Pink ... (read more)

Report this review (#100384) | Posted by João Francisco | Saturday, November 25, 2006 | Review Permanlink

4 stars I realize many people compare Negative Zone's self titled CD to Pink Floyd and it's ilk, and to some degree that type of sound is certainly available on this fine album. But it's roots are similar in the way a band like "Signify" era Porcupine Tree are similar to Floyd. The areas that I find s ... (read more)

Report this review (#88040) | Posted by x_bruce | Wednesday, August 23, 2006 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Yes! I hold it! One of the greatest album of 2005! Definitly, NEGATIVE ZONE give us something we didn't listen too from long long time! If I can compare this album with something else, it's gonna be the young years of PINK FLOYD while Sid Barrett was in the band. But the very first album of ... (read more)

Report this review (#67485) | Posted by | Monday, January 30, 2006 | Review Permanlink

5 stars The quartet are inspired by early 70s. There are nice acoustic parts but a psychedelic haze overlays the whole affair. There seems to be more of an emphasis on mood and atmosphere as it has a dreamy feel. A change of pace from the norm these days and quite nice actually. For Fans of early 70' ... (read more)

Report this review (#60384) | Posted by | Thursday, December 15, 2005 | Review Permanlink

5 stars I have always been an 70' psychedelic rock die-hard fan and I never really got used of recent bands.. But this is just an amazing new masterpiece, simply the best recording of the decade.. We can hear Pink Floyd, fusion or more symphonic influences with long clean guitar rythmics and solos ... (read more)

Report this review (#58743) | Posted by samhob | Thursday, December 1, 2005 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Unreal, captivating, magic. It is the kind of comment which somebody makes you who listened to the first disc of this group of progressive rock'n'roll. The in love ones with the music of the Seventies will be filled but not only! Everyone can discover the world of Negative Zone. Moreover, the ... (read more)

Report this review (#56143) | Posted by | Sunday, November 13, 2005 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Wow ! This album IS a masterpiece ! This is one of the best albums of this year, maybe of this decade. I am bored with these bands of neo-prog who always make the same music ! Negative Zone is a new band (or maybe not ?) their music is fresh and new, it's like a breath in the air, very strange a ... (read more)

Report this review (#50199) | Posted by | Wednesday, October 5, 2005 | Review Permanlink

5 stars I have just discovered the album today, and it is frankly not badly: a very interesting synthesis of first Floyd (of "Piper..." in "Meddle"), with a suspicion of King Crimson. The climate is spooky, in any case very envoûtant. I like! ... (read more)

Report this review (#41086) | Posted by | Sunday, July 31, 2005 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Negative Zone plunges us in a a perticular musical univers, a melodic atmospheric world but also experimental in certain aspects, with a subtle mucicality without being unaccessible. An excellent album, perfectly ballanced, not "over produced", well dosed, that will "wake up" some nostalgic sl ... (read more)

Report this review (#38969) | Posted by | Saturday, July 9, 2005 | Review Permanlink

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