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4 stars Do consider one of French leaders in symphonic progressive rock world ANGE would have established their musical originality with bizarre psychedelic wall of sound. I've listened to all of ANGE's albums in Phillips era, and clearly noticed their second studio creation was kinda development and simultaneously another portfolio (amazingly this was my first ANGE's album oh great). This sound approach that would never be listened to since then reminds me of Phil Spector's "Wall Of Sound" and The Beach Boys' Pet Sounds related to the method. And the soundscape can be understood as a mixture of such a psychedelic drone, bizarre artistry, and sorta French narcissism ... the eerie, exaggerated sleeve art (by Jacques WYRS) would mention all of this album.

Just from the beginning of the first shot "Ces Gens-L'" we can get impressed with heavy percussion, deep mellotron, and theatrical voices. Their play in this album is not so skillful nor technical as upon their following creations, let me say, but unique sound innovation should be considered as a fantasy. It's quite amazing and interesting for us to imagine that such a fanatic fantasy be generated mainly by D'camps brothers (especially Christian's voices and Francis mellotron). And above mentioned, G'rard's percussion or drumming reminds us of massively echoic Hal Blaine's world. Apparently his drumming in one of ANGE's early pop masterpieces "De Temps En Temps" must be inspired by Hal and Phil. The last titled track is exactly a rock kaleidoscope, with mysterious phrases, weird keys, and mischievous moments.

From the beginning to the end, we cannot escape out the dreamy, and a tad sarcastic space. Have not experienced (and will not experience) this identified, innovative creativity.

DamoXt7942 | 4/5 |


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