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Progressive Electronic

3.93 | 103 ratings

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2 stars I have had some difficulties to appreciate Heldon's music so far. Even if catalogued under the prog electronic genre, there is little to compare to TD or KS in the whole bunch of their works.

In my opinion, the music overall played during all these years do hold more of a loose Crimson than anything else. But that's just how I feel. There are some "Sabbath" and gloomy sounds during the long "Stand By" which is actually quite good (especially thanks to the brilliant and hypnotic closing sequence) but it is quite too short to make it unforgettable.

I ain't under the impression of the jazzy and short " Drôle de Journée". Indeed a rather weird track (as the original French title could evoque).

Now, there is an epic long side track called "Boléro" in here. It is of course not the first time that this Ravel title has inspired prog bands. To tell you that this one is my preferred version would probably be too optimistic. Fine parts for sure, but overall lacking in subtleties and passion.

There are even some true good old TD converted parts available ("Proprement Dit"). But are we talking about "Boléro" or anything else? Unfortunately, most of this track has the same base of rhythm and after all sounds pretty dull. Organic, synthetic: but not cosmic. This is how I can summarize this version which is heavily marked with the Crimson seal ("Repetition" - would you believe! as well as parts V and VI).

The fact that the band refers again to the "Rot Armee Fraktion" is not of my liking either. These were just a bunch of terrorists who deserved what happened. To make reference to this group of peopleis not relevant IMO.

All in all, this album sounds as quite dull to my ears. Two stars, no more.

ZowieZiggy | 2/5 |


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