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Catherine Ribeiro  & Alpes - Paix CD (album) cover


Catherine Ribeiro & Alpes


Psychedelic/Space Rock

4.11 | 49 ratings

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5 stars Here we have the usual awful clash of dress sense on the sleeve complete with ropey photograph. Thankfully, I'm here to rate the music. Ribeiro still looks pretty hot though eh? What a jawline!

'Paix' gets off to a surprisingly jaunty start complete with 'La-la-la-la-la' vocals on 'Roc Alpin' with Ribeiro sounding like she's throwing daisies up in the air in a sunny forest. It's unrepresentative of what's to follow though.

Track two is more like I was expecting. Acoustic in nature with lots of weird effects pushed through the instruments along with the usual astounding baritone vocals of Catherine Ribeiro. The title track is the highlight. Fifteen minutes of near perfect music. Somewhat doom laden and pretty heavy in atmosphere.

Thankfully I can't speak much French - (apart from 'Le chien mange de pomme') and I'm led to believe that this might help matters, as there's supposedly a fair bit of Socialism in a Communist kind of way involved in the band's beliefs.

The last track 'Un Jour... La Mort' takes up a mighty 24 minutes. This has that 'jenais se quois' that all Ribeiro and Alpes albums retain - even after nearly 40 years. Indescribably beautiful.

There's a lot of bongos present on this album and apart from the first track there's no drum kit at all, which gives things a strange folky groove. Hypnotic and psychedelic are the two words I'd use to sum 'Paix' up with.

The best female vocalist ever? Well, she's better than Lisa Gerard, Kate Bush and Diamanda Galas. So quite probably. Excellent

Dobermensch | 5/5 |


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