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L'HOMME VOILIER

Oniris

 

Symphonic Prog

3.90 | 22 ratings

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Ivan_Melgar_M
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Symphonic Prog Specialist
4 stars Another lost gem

Last week when I received the ONIRIS suggestion, started to search for their only album "L'Homme Voilier", suddenly remembered that a friend had the LP and went to his house and exchanged it for an old copy of "Grease" that my sister left at home when she moved, but only yesterday could find a cartridge for my turntable and have been listing it repeatedly.

To be honest, i'm not a fan of French Theatric Symphonic, a style that I find over-elaborate and too operatic for my taste, but the album was a surprise, because despite the clear influences of ATOLL and ANGE, their sound is much more melodic and pleasant.

"L'Homme Voilier" is opened by the 17 minutes epic "Schizologues", a song that has everything a Proghead loves, starting with an introduction that reminds me of MAGMA and an intelligent track that combines soft music with radical changes and great vocals, all I can say it's that this a delightful piece of music.

The second track "L'Homme Voilier" begins as a soft ballad with excellent piano passages, but around the first minute, everything becomes flamboyant and extremely theatric with dialogues that I'm unable to understand and radical changes with excellent guitar and keyboards work, despite the complexity loved the song.

"Enferologues" is the classic example of why I don't like French Symphonic too much, they spend all the track with dialogues and weird sounds, luckily only lasts 55 seconds, so doesn't affect too much my opinion of the album.

"L'Homme Voilier" is closed by "Le RÍve Et Le Quotidien", another extremely theatric song full of funny voices and weird screams, but the music is so good, that I simply don't focus too much in my least favorite aspects of this piece, the fusion of Jazz and Symphonic is outstanding.

"L'Homme Voilier" is quite short, but I always choose quality of quantity, and what I heard on this album is extremely good (except "Enferologues"), not masterpiece, but far above average, so I'll go with 4 stars.

Ivan_Melgar_M | 4/5 |

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