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D'APRÈS LE HORLA DE MAUPASSANT

The Box

 

Crossover Prog

4.18 | 57 ratings

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yalinc
5 stars This is the second opus of musicians from Quebec after their reunion. Formed a new line-up in 2003, keyboardist and vocalist Jean-Marc Pisapia recorded a very interesting album, "Black Dog There" (2005). And four years later a new release - a musical adaptation of short stories by Guy de Maupassant's "Orla". Follow the tradition of the Quebec music rock scene, the vocal parts performed in French (all previous albums were in English). In my opinion - this is one of the best examples of modern recent rock. Amazing work, which is able to please hungry music lovers who are tired of tedious and monotonous modern progressive opuses. Ten tracks very accurately convey the inner world of a man who is mentally ill, suffering from 'persecution mania'. All tracks are sustained in darkened colors, except the last track, having played in the rhythm of bossa nova and decorated with female backing vocals from Isabelle Lemay. The main advantage of the album is a bright and clear melodic line, beautiful, often dominant instrumental array. The singing is a very peculiar feature: Pisapia's diet vocal is almost not leading, but soon split up in semitones, often pleasing layouts rumor sounds a lot like the experiments of 10CC. The very manner of performance reminiscent of the French proggers of mid 70's (such as Ange), when the singing is often replaced by a recitative music. But here are all very worthy and not a characteristic strain, although where necessary, Jean-Marc sings in full voice. Structurally the songs are similar, but not tiring only because the musicians each time find new colors in the arrangement, in the solo passages of instruments and in the checked lengths. Very interesting drummer is that Martin Lapierre. Imo, his drumming is perfect, like aerobatics, when he is not to set any virtuoso solos, but plays trying to fit organically into the overall tone. ANd that nearly infernal synth reef in Incubus had struck me, of course, it's a brilliant find! I also can point the track L'Eau, Le Lait, Le Vin, this sinister theme is based on the contrast between anxious and confused with the entry of angels singing ( "water"), anxious and full of pain nerves in the apocalyptic voice of the second part ( "milk") and gentle codes under accordion ( "wine"). I strongly recommend this album, in particular fans of Genesis, Van Der Graaf Generator. Enjoy!
yalinc | 5/5 |

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