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Carpe Diem


Eclectic Prog

3.88 | 85 ratings

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4 stars Carpe Diem's second release is centred around the epic track "Couleurs" which occupies alone one side of the original vinyl record and really reveals the full potential of this great band, just jazzy symphonic Prog par excellence. This composition presents a wonderful mix of twanging synth sounds, gentle guitar playing and graceful saxophone with some nice little percussive elements like mere hand-clapping for example. The music actually floats so pleasantly combining perfectly jazz aesthetics with old school symphonic rock that one doesn't realize at all its length. Only one of its five parts, "Rencontre" has some vocals, the one which is added with English lyrics as bonus track on the CD re-release. The remaining five tracks though being quite short below the 4-minute mark are by no means inferior and present their typical sound in a more concise way. Most of them are fully instrumental apart from "Le Miracle de la Saint-Gaston".

Finally I just can repeat saying that Carpe Diem is my absolute favourite French Prog band and their second release was at least as good as their debut, even slightly more versatile.There isn't any flaw present on neither of their albums and actually the only downer is that both are much too short and there aren't more releases from them existing. As I explained already in my review for their debut, I'll distribute my two 4.5 stars rating with once 5 and once 4 stars.

hdfisch | 4/5 |


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