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3.86 | 42 ratings

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4 stars With their third album, Malicorne reached a higher level and began to be recognized by a larger public. The traditional materials remain preponderant in this record. Even the arrangements stay close to the folk sources of each songs.

Gabriel and Marie were born in Paris (not in Bretagne) and their mother was from the center part of France (not far from Orléans), but their father had libanese origins and I can not help feeling that some oriental influences can sometime be heard in some vocal inflections, more especially in Marie's voice when she sings "Quand je menais mes chevaux boire".

On the contrary, in "Le luneux" ("le", not "les" ; there's only one luneux in the song !), pure wonder sung nearly a capella, her voice recovers the deep feeling of old french folk songs.

The two other great moments of this album are the two epics. The voice of Gabriel, more especially in "L'écolier assassin", is deeply emotionnal, as the stories are cruel and sad. The music is slow, deep, it takes you by the guts, it is mermerizing at some extend.

"La fiancée du timbalier", adapted from the poem of the great french poet Victor Hugo, enrich conveniently the CD reissue.

Kjarks | 4/5 |


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