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The Symphonic Prog band Raison de Plus was discovered in 1987 by the growing fanbase on the popular compilation album "Enchantement". The band from Nancy, Lorraine released their debut album in 1995, Au Bout Du Couloir, and Ici Est Ailleurs was released in 2001. The long hiatus between albums is noteable as the band have had a sporadic existence, known in France for their live performances rather than new album material. Their second album is more polished in terms of production quality and is somewhat of a conceptual album. The lyrics are characteristically sung in French, true to their homeland, and sung with energy overlayed by soft symphonic ambience and beauty. The analog keyboard features along with striking passages of flute, with strong percussive rhythm and bass. The emotional guitar solos are performed with finesse as are the lengthy keyboard segments. There are instrumental breaks where the band have a chance to showcase their talents, and the lyrics are pastoral and have a calm resonance. There are narrative voices that drive the music forward and stirring dreamy soundscapes to soothe the soul. The sound is similar to Elixir or Ange.

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Au Bout Du CouloirAu Bout Du Couloir
Musea 1995
Ici Est AilleursIci Est Ailleurs
Musea 2001
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3.54 | 17 ratings
Au Bout Du Couloir
3.76 | 18 ratings
Ici Est Ailleurs

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4.50 | 2 ratings
Le roi du temps gris / Une autre chance


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 Ici Est Ailleurs by RAISON DE PLUS album cover Studio Album, 2001
3.76 | 18 ratings

Ici Est Ailleurs
Raison De Plus Symphonic Prog

Review by tszirmay
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4 stars It obviously helps a tad with foreign prog when one can understand the language (I was lucky to have learnt Italian, Spanish, German, Hungarian and French while still a youngster), so I can really get into the lyrical content. With French bands, this can be often a poetic maelstrom that perplexes and the passionate drama is often misconstrued as hysterical by those who "ne parle pas français"). Those who do understand, already have been beguiled by Ange's Christian Decamps' pen and vocal delivery that were singularly pushing the boundaries of religion, philosophy, society and morality in the glory days of early 70s prog . Raison de Plus provides another chapter in the oft fairy tale-like style that the French Prog school has gifted on our ears with creative vocal bands such as Arachnoid , Mona Lisa, Atoll, Pentacle, Pulsar, Halloween as well as recent gems Nemo, Maldoror, Aside Beside, Saens and Ex-Vagus. The pressure to craft outstanding music around these linguistic hurdles is a strong motivator, in order to keep the Prog world content. The translated titles will give the reader a concise insight into the typical themes espoused within. Each track begins with a brief narrative. The opener "Renaissance" very smartly introduces the stellar musicianship that will characterize the entire album: the magical pied-piping flute leading the way through pastoral Banksian twin keyboard flourishes, featuring happily smiling synth solos, galloping guitar interference, rumbling bass and appropriate drum propellants, delivering a very positive upbeat message. Batting second, "I should never have grown up" (I agree wholeheartedly, adulthood is not as cool as advertised), a Pentacle/Ange style number with tons of delicate flute forays, lush string backgrounds, a semi-reggae shuffle from the trio of rhythm guitar, bass 'n drums, with some feisty lead synths solos to spice up the brew. The singing is emotive, regretful and reflective. The stories and legends theme continue with "The Grey Weather King", a spirited mini-opera that navigates through somber valleys, gloomy forests and wintry snowscapes, sprinkled with acoustic guitars, sprightly electric leads with added violins and various vocalist parts. "Soul swells" is not an interlude but a 5 minute modern instrumental that explores dreamy introspection, featuring a fat lead solo, some 12 string guitars, piccolo flute (Flageolet) and zippy keys that emit a slight Celtic tinge to the mix. The masterful 6.5 minute "Another Chance" introduces an incredibly bright new hope for the future, with a kick ass guitar led theme that patrols, soars, prowls and howls, again very close to Pentacle in terms of breezy vocals and choirs, with more of that magic flute turbulence. A gentle synth mid section swells almost into a pillow of dreamy chords, recalling some instrumental Moody Blues. "The Key" is another sharp vocal less piece that aims at more biting themes, less bucolic and more bombastic with gritty guitar scratches, brooding bass and whopping keyboards. "In the City of the Disbelieving" is the longest track, nearing 9 minutes and stays well within the Decamps confines of operatic exhortations and thus very close to the 70s Ange formula, rowdy crowd noises, sudden silences, long soft moments and always that impending melodrama that suddenly explodes with utter anguish, Beyond Delirium (wink, wink). The brief "The Rumour" is a spooky mass choral extravaganza with every musician throwing in their voices ("Crazy, is he crazy?" they exhort!), again reminiscent of Christian Decamps' poetry. The "take a look back" sheen of "Buried Alive" is a theatrical piece laden with various sound effects & noises, attempting to illustrate the will for escape, trapped within the coffin of daily routine, showcasing outright "Foxtrot"-era Banksian organ blasts that torch off to some Hackettish swelling, very heavy Genesis influence here, complete with Collins style drumming . "Between Real and Imaginary" closes off this entertaining version of an adult bedtime story, an engaging dreamy promenade that butterflies through various relaxed themes, swaying with unbridled melancholia. Is this an exceptional prog masterpiece, a must-have? No, "Here is Elsewhere" is just a fine compelling recording that evokes the child in all of us, not taking life way too seriously. 4 etoiles.
 Ici Est Ailleurs by RAISON DE PLUS album cover Studio Album, 2001
3.76 | 18 ratings

Ici Est Ailleurs
Raison De Plus Symphonic Prog

Review by toroddfuglesteg

3 stars The first Raison De Plus album was pretty good and called for a follow up. Which has duly arrived.

Raison De Plus continued with their mix of Spock's Beard, Genesis and Ange on their second album. The opening track Jamais j'aurais dû grandir is in fact very Spock's Beard like. The music then moves into a more conceptual art with spoken words interlinking the songs. I do not speak French and I have no information about the concept either, besides of the booklet and art-work. But I very much suspect that this is a concept album. The music is very theatrical at times too. Early Genesis and Ange springs to mind.

Quality wise, some of the music here is great, but most of it is good. Dans la cité des incrédules is a great song and the best Raison De Plus has ever done. A great epic song with some great guitars. The rest of the material is not up to that standard. Which makes this album one of those frustrating nearly-great albums. I do recommend this album though if you can find it for a knock down price. Great art-work, btw.

3.5 stars

 Au Bout Du Couloir by RAISON DE PLUS album cover Studio Album, 1995
3.54 | 17 ratings

Au Bout Du Couloir
Raison De Plus Symphonic Prog

Review by toroddfuglesteg

3 stars Starting off with a Genesis riff..........

Excellent art work and an almost forgotten French band who released two albums through Musea some full-moons ago. This is their debut album. An album rooted in both symphonic prog and in particular; neo-prog. The sound on this album is most certainly neo-prog. The vocals are in French though and Ange comes in as a natural reference. Raison De Plus has not gone as theatrical as Ange though. Raison De Plus also sounds a lot more British neo- prog and symphonic than their French counterparts. Raison De Plus also have a lot of references to Camel in their sound. But their music is far more complex than Camel's music. In short, this album has a pretty complex sound.

The quality is pretty good throughout. Raison De Plus has their own identity. Unfortunate, they have not included any great songs here. Songs that is full of both electric guitars and keyboards. All the instruments are competently handled by the band. The vocals are great though. I am not entirely convinced by this album, but will give their second album a chance. This is a good album and I suspect I need to give it a lot more time than I have given it so far. Maybe this is a grower.

3 stars

Thanks to AtomicCrimsonRush for the artist addition.

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