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3 stars Let's skip Hymne. This short track has been made famous by a TV spot in my country and unfortunately is the Vangelis piece most known between the mainstream people, those who can recognize the music but don't know who the hell Vangelis is. I this this is the poorest track of this album. It's trivial and too melodic and it was used for a little girl who finds a kitty under the rain and brings it at home....the kind of things that can cause diabetis. An excess of sugar.

Apart of this, the album is the result of another collaboration with Frederic Rossif, so we are speaking of naturalistic documentaries soundtracks. "Reve" is slow, evocative of a rainy day. There will be something very similar on "Chariots of Fire", Abraham's theme if I remember correctly, but this is longer and more complex. A spacey track with some "electronic wind" in the background. A typical Vangelis track with some spare jazzy moments on a very melodic base. Chill Out.

Let's wake up with "L'Enfant". It's as melodic as Hymne, but has somethign of celtic or medieval even being totally electronic. A good one.

Back to space, or under a starry sky with "Mouettes". Well, this is newage, more than chill out. A couple of minutes of rhythmless melody and subtle keyboards.

"Chromatique" is unusual. The "simil-acoustic guitar" harping accompanies a strange and sad melody that has some "sitar" in the background. Of course it's not a true sitar.

"Irlande" as one can expect has a celtic mood. In the melody more than in the sounds used. A great piece.

Jon Anderson is credited of playing harp on "Flamant Roses". He's not Vollenweider. I too could probably play the harp in that way. However it's a curiosity and the track that's complex and has various different moments is absolutely not bad and the most "progressive" track of the album.

Good but non essential. And please skip the first track.

octopus-4 | 3/5 |


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