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La Societe des Timides à la Parade des Oiseaux


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Sean Trane
Prog Folk
3 stars 3.5 stars really!!

This is the album that included the EP L'Enciversel, containing both tracks (different versions) and many more, but it doesn't make STPO any less weird. Some people compare STOP with Etronfou, and while I am not really in accordance with this, I can only say that effectively Etronfou might be as close as it gets to STPO, with no cigars. UZ Jsme Doma is also fairly close at times and so are countless other RIO groups, but none of them are just as insane as STPO. Graced with a hideous plasticine artwork, making Wallace & Grommit look like top models (a bit like X-Legged Sally does on some records) and depicting the band.

Again this album is close to what you'd expect from Explositionnistes or other albums of theirs, so don't be expecting to get laid by your partner if you select this or any other STPO, as we are close to a marriage between progressive post-punk (ala Cardiacs), the odd Chamber rock, some noise/indus (ala Don Caballero) and math rock (ala Flying Luttenbacher), but There are some really nice moments, but often cut short by another musical idea that doesn't get it right and even ruins the previous good ideas. There are some completely improvised tracks (Mécontent comes to mind), while others are close to Indus/Math (Bebalanbébant) mixed with eastern wind instruments and many more weird stuff. Among the better tracks is the closing Contraste D'Or with its persisting xylophone themes and cleverly short interruptions.

Most likely some 90% of progheads would appreciate hearing this record at least once (the tribal choirs of Skylab are not only hilarious, but quite engaging), but it is a safe bet that the vast majority would probably not invest in a second STPO, as a good deal of them would probably get rid of it as well, for it's not likely to get frequent spins, compared with some of the more ancient RIO kings. Despite my reservations, I can only tell you that this album is a very good one and just missing the essential mark by as little as the width of a ditch.

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Posted Wednesday, November 14, 2007 | Review Permalink


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