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BIENVENUE AU CONSEIL D'ADMINISTRATION

Pulsar

 

Symphonic Prog

3.21 | 34 ratings

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ZowieZiggy
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2 stars I have rather appreciated each "Pulsar" albums so far. A great space-rock adventure by all means.

But I have never been able to enter into this story (even if French is my native language). I suppose that anyone who does not understands French must be completely lost in this maelstrom of noises for half of it.

The story combines a personal drama (the lost of a young child ran over by a car of high executives) and a board of directors meeting of the same executives' company. The whole being held in a supposedly frozen world.

The lyrics are recited and the music has little to do with the great atmospheres available on their three previous albums. The mood is a lot jazzier, noisier. Fully and too much Crimsonesque to my taste.

Lots of spoken introductions combined with tasteless music is the mix you will get here. No more great epics either (only one long piece of music is available). Just a collection of short (to very short) numbers without feeling nor emotion (except "Chanson Populaire De La Neige" and the last few numbers).

The immoral message from the chairman who is only sensible to the good progress of the company being the leitmotiv of this storyboard. Rather thin. At times, some good "Ange" inspiration is perspiring ("Futurs Antérieurs").

The first time I reviewed this album for myself some three years from now (and which have lead to my decision to make them public a year ago) I rated it as "NO". On my scale, this means one star. I have listened it back a few times since then and at the time of posting my review on PA the last attempt was not very much convincing.

One of the very few great musical moment is "Silence D'une Petite Fille". A beautiful and symphonic instrumental track. At last some emotion! But almost four minutes of great music out of these ultra long seventy ones (well, just short of, actually) is not a big deal.

The last songs of this album are better. "Croisière" (Cruise) has a definite folk mood, but at least we got rid of all these terrible jazzy and noisy experiences. "Perte De Vue" brings us back to their spacey approach, even if it is monotonous and the "sung" part is very close to the mood of a Buddhist monastery.

The last track is a long and spacey instrumental. Ambient music like "Tangerine Dream" might offer. I guess that a band like "Lands End" must have listened to these types of albums as well. This track should have been at least cut by half. Almost seventeen minutes of the same sort of note(s) is a bit too much.

Two stars and by far their weakest album so far.

ZowieZiggy | 2/5 |

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