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La fraisne
5 stars So. After releasing perhaps the finest album of all time, where do you go? The answer is l'homme ideal, a single song 56 minutes in length. Si part ii finds Nemo on terrific form, and I would say that this album is, whilst not their greatest to date, certainly their most varied (going from heavy prog to space rock to funk to symphonic prog in the course of four songs, for instance). The whole album is based on a small set of themes and their transformations, and it is the breadth of material that Nemo extract from these themes that is the most impressive quality of it. Compare how themes are treated in Les enfants rois and Les visages du monde. There's a world of difference. Themes are often, brilliantly played over one another, e.g. at the stunning conclusion of l'homme ideal (1). Several of the inner sections are great songs in their own right, but most of them require the rest of the work to make sense. Si part ii really needs to be treated as a single piece. Much like Si part i, this album brims with emotion. The end solo of Les visages du monde is probably the most emotionally charged moment in the whole Nemo catalogue outside of the song Si. Reflets and Une question du prix are also strongly emotional, and this tendency, combined with a (linked) very strong emphasis on melody, is why Nemo sound so different from normal symphonic prog. Simply stunning.
La fraisne | 5/5 |


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