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3 stars Of Kad's 2 well distributed releases, this is generally considered the group's pinnacle. In reality, there isn't much here that hasn't been done as well or better by a host of Breton and other celtic groups, including MOVING HEARTS, SILEAS, and L'ANGE VERT, to name a few widely spaced yet oddly related heavenly bodies. But Kad is a little more progressive due to their use of imaginative rhythms and their penchant for jazzy undercurrents, while their occasional lead guitars verge on heavy rock, albeit with a folk aspect even at their most throbbing.

Like one would expect from Brittany, we are treated to, or subject to, as per your tastes, a plethora of pipes. Not unexpectedly for a French release, we are also exposed to melodrama and a certain overwroughtedness. Sometimes this works, as in the incisive closer "Nous Sommes D'Ailleurs", even if it rehashes the usual if understandable celtic paranoia about cultural instability. But sometimes I hear a bit too much of Christian Descamp's vapid vitriole in "Hent ar sevenadurezh dazont". Still, with instrumentals like "Little Fairy (in Urban Megaliths)" and the lovely female voice of "Tarraing Na Mara", we certainly aren't submerged in self pity.

Even if there are only passing clues to later member-infused works like those of SEVEN REIZH, this finale in the KAD repertoire is worth discovering for fans of Breton folk rock and French prog in general.

kenethlevine | 3/5 |


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