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5 stars An exciting, fast paced and complex Zeuhl album which is full of French female vocals that sound very uplifting to my tired and weary ears.

This is however, lightweight compared with the mighty and monstrous creators of Zeuhl - 'Magma' who are a far more difficult and heavy listen at the best of times. That's not to say this is a bad thing for Eskaton. Far from it, '4 Visions' will sound very accessible to all those who may say to themselves 'What the hell is this Zeuhl thing anyway, where on earth do I start?'

All 8 members of this idiosyncratic French band give it their all for the duration of this recording. It skips about all over the place like an ice skater who's about to fall flat on his face but miraculously stays upright. Things are just kept under control, where every beat and note sounds carefully placed and considered.

Unlike most Zeuhl albums there's a fair chance you may actually have a tune swimming about your head that won't go away after listening to this album. Yeah, I know, I find it hard to believe as well.

Eskaton, like many bands of that time were heavily influenced by the entirely unique sound of Magma, but have produced here a playful and lighter outing that all adventurous and inquisitive souls should find rewarding.

Almost 20 years later the mighty 'Koenjihyakkei' will revive this sound in an even more frantic and heavy manner.

All three of Eskaton's albums are excellent and well worth checking out if you can get hold of them, however this one is probably the pick of the bunch. I can see no reason why this shouldn't receive the full whammy of 5 stars, somewhat reluctant though I am. Aaah sod it... It's a masterpiece...

Dobermensch | 5/5 |


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