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3 stars The quintet LA TULIPE NOIRE is one of Greece's biggest names in progressive rock, or neo-progressive to be precise. They have developed a lot since I heard their second album "Shattered Image" album from 1999. "Shattered Image" was a blueprint copy of MARILLION around "Misplaced Childhood". Their debut album "In The Gates Of Dream" (1996) were actually more original. On their third album "Faded leaves" they have developed their own sound, much flavoured by their female vocalist Ima and their brilliant guitarist S. Kontakis. The production could've been better but overall this is a really nice album somewhere in progressive rock's middle-class.
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Posted Thursday, January 15, 2004 | Review Permalink
4 stars For those who have read my previous reviews will clearly remember my attraction to this surprisingly all-inspiring neo-prog band from Greece whose second album captivated my ears. With "Faded Leaves" (their 3rd album), La TULIPE NOIRE pick up right where they left off delivering an album not far off "Shattered Image". "Faded Leaves" resonates with a calm charm throughout and contains some great songs. Once again lead singer Ima is back with her emotive vocals and theatrical style. Typical of La TULIPE NOIRE, musically songs build as you move thru with a very tight rhythm section (drums - Nick Kassavetis and bass - Hyde) , fine atmospheric keyboard (Alix) and some great David GILMOUR'ish guitar solos (S. Kontakis). Their songs are highly emotive and really give the listener that melancholy feeling. Without a question fans of PENDRAGON, IQ and MARILLION will likely love this band. Another winning album !
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Posted Saturday, March 20, 2004 | Review Permalink
5 stars Hey guys it's a good album to listen. The female singer, Ima is great. I'm listening neo- prog for many years and somehow I haven't met with the greek group before. Some albums which are much greater then this I wouldn't listen as often as this. Simplicity and temperament on this one are hypnotic.
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Posted Saturday, March 25, 2006 | Review Permalink
3 stars The first encounter I had with Tulipe Noire was with the streamsong on this site, The Haze, which seemed reallly nice to me. So when I saw this album in the store (La Tulipe Noire is quite rare in Holland) I thought: well, let's take it. What I liked about The Haze was the terrific instrumental phase in the second part of the song. It made me believe this band had great potential. Maybe they do but I have to say I don't really find it on this album. I mean, it's decent material but I miss the extra spark that I look for in prog and in neo-prog in particular. The Haze has that but all the songs on this issue don't in my opinion.

I'm sorry about that because I had hoped I had found another jewel of a band. It's not really, although this isn't bad or poor so I will give 3 stars to it.

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Posted Thursday, November 29, 2007 | Review Permalink
Mellotron Storm
3 stars This is the third studio album from this Greek band and not much has changed in their sound from the previous album "Shattered Image". It seems like most rate this one ("Faded Leaves") higher than the previous one though although i'm not one of them. "Faded Leaves" does seem to achieve greater highs than "Shattered Image" but it also has some very average sounding tunes. So overall I prefer the previous one and maybe since that was my first taste of the band that could also have an influence on my feelings towards these two records.

"Silence" and the next two tracks really got my hopes up. All three songs to start this album are fantastic ! The atmosphere with lots of background synths and those female vocals that remind me of the SIMPLY RED singer are so impressive. Especially when she sings with passion, but even in a reserved voice i'm hooked.

Things come back to earth big time on "Lost Souls Ballad" which is probably my least favourite.This continues with the next three tracks as well. It's not until we get to "Wanderer" that my hopes are raised but by now it's too late. Still this song is amazing with all that atmosphere and some excellent guitar too. "A Memory Picture" opens with lots of atmosphere as keys come in in a sparse manner. Guitar is next then bass as it picks up slowly. It kicks in before 2 minutes and vocals follow. Not bad song really but i'd say there are four incredible songs on this album and five so-so tunes.

A good Neo album regardless.

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Posted Wednesday, November 10, 2010 | Review Permalink
2 stars I want to begin my review on the album "Faded Leaves" of the Greek band LA TULIPE NOIRE, that this is the only of their works that I heard to the moment ( that means wich my review is not a vision of his whole work ) , but, at least in this disk , his music it provided me few moments of enthusiasm. Actually, I found the sonority of the band "extremely linear" and monotonous . The tracks are very similar amongst themselves, and they present a rhythmic / melodic / harmonic "linkage" quite "previsible." The scales repeat, rhythmic variations almost don't exist. One of the few variations appear in the track 3 "Winter In Your Heart" (where there is a change of a quaternary compass for a ternary compass). Maybe the only tracks of the disk that escape to this model are the already mentioned track 3 "Winter in Your Heart" and the track 7 " Le Fond Du Ciel ", which I consider very a little, in relation to the time of 64:58 min of duration . For this simple reasons, my rate is 2 stars.
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Posted Thursday, November 11, 2010 | Review Permalink
5 stars I know very well this band, and now after i've listened all their 4 album, i can give my review in a full vision of their whole work. Their style remember a bit Marillion or Pendragon, but very less in this album, and just in the central passage of "Winter in your heart", you can hear the sound a la Marillion, but the band has his own style, that i'll define Baroque Neo progressive, for the brillant arrangements of keybords, and beautiful instrumental passages in the central part of the compositions. The best songs IMHO are: "Le fond du Ciel", that open with a bombastic crescendo instrumental part to end with the voice of the female singer in a mellow way to change again like before and change again, and "Castle on the Sand" driven by a melodic guitar, and by the passionate voice of the singer. The lead singer "Ima" is absolutely fantastic with her emotive, strong and evocative vocals, and her tone of voice fits perfectly with this kind of music. The moods are melancholic, strong, emotive and romantic. This album is a Masterpiece, after many listen, i don't find it borig or dull, 5 full stars
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Posted Wednesday, January 5, 2011 | Review Permalink
kev rowland
Crossover Team
3 stars Now this is something of a rarity, a new progressive rock album from Greece. It has been a long time since Aphrodite's Child and Vangelis hit the scene and this band is quite a different prospect. This is the third album from La Tulipe Noire (seems unusual to have a French name when they are Greek), and does seem to be a very mature work. They are a five-piece with a female vocalist in Irma, and this is thoughtful prog in many ways. Not only is the music structured and complex when it is required, it can also be simple and spacious. Irma has a very clear voice, and never strains so that she comes over almost as a female version of Jon Anderson. There are some deep and meaningful lyrics, which deserve reading in their own right (thankfully the whole album is performed in English) and I am somewhat surprised not to have heard of this band before.

It will not suit everyone, as while the songs are interesting and enjoyable, they do little in breaking new territory. They are probably more Floydian than many of the neo-prog bands around but there are still tinges of Marillion here and there. The result is a work that is very polished, and at times almost beautiful, and is certainly worth hearing even if it isn't the most essential release of the year.

Originally appeared in Feedback #70, Oct 02

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Posted Saturday, June 15, 2013 | Review Permalink
Honorary Collaborator
4 stars 2000-02 period finds La Tulipe Noire on the rise.Fans worldwide became enthusiasts of the ''Shattered image'' sound, an album very well received by the foreign press.With Y. Boukoulas out of the picture the band would recruit Kostas Savvidis as a second guitarist for the sessions of the upcoming album ''Faded leaves''.The recordings took place at the famous Studio 111 in Moschato, Athens and the album was released in 2002 with the support of Musea.

This new work talked about human solitude and, thus, required a special sound and atmosphere, which was actually quite close to the style delivered in the previous album.No doubt, the band was in great shape, they provided highly symphonic, deeply emotive and very grandiose music throughout the album, surrounding the central idea with mid-tempo compositions, highlighted by the poetic and crystalline voice of female singer Ima.The consistency of the compositions is one thing to admire about the band.The concept opened the doors for a slightly more FLOYD-ian mood with the slow guitar solos and the dreamy keyboards dominating the album, but MARILLION were still a huge influence for the band, especially the atmosphere on ''Faded leaves'' recalls the darker paths explored by Fish & Co. back in the 80's.Piano and ethereal keyboard parts along with series of impressive guitar melodies are the basic characteristics of the release, which ends up to a be a combination of memorable material and a genuine female-fronted lyricism.It's one those albums with no weak tracks at all, I'd rather say it's one of the albums you could easily play a second time after a listening.Extremely well-crafted with an atmosphere rare met in Neo Prog bands and a trully gifted singer.

On par with ''Shattered image'', maybe with a tad more haunting mood.This is grandiose Neo Prog of the best quality, struggling a bit to escape from past influences, still offering a lot of amazing moments.Highly rcommended.

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Posted Saturday, December 27, 2014 | Review Permalink

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