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Studio Album, released in 2009

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Ldi (9.40)
2. 19:59 (6.48)
3. Le Film De Ma Vie (7.36)
4. L'Armée Des Ombres (9.51)
5. Faux Semblants (7.40)
6. Barbares (25.32)

Total Time: 67:57

Bonus Disc from 2009 SE - "Si, Live" :
1. Intro / Apprentis (5:52)
2. L'éternel Hiver (3:16)
3. Danse De La Pluie (Nowea Fridjiz) (2:35)
4. Pantins (4:45)
5. Sorciers (3:51)
6. Même Peau, Même Destin (9:12)
7. Digressions Sur l'homme Idéal (Inclus L'oeil Du Cyclope) (3:47)
8. L'homme Idéal Ii (4:11)
9. Ici, Maintenant (6:01)
10. Si (7:29)
11. Duo Rythmique (3:45)
12. Introduction À La Différence (4:29)
13. Les Enfents Rois (2:43)
14. Mégalomanie (3:36)
15. Présentations Et Adieux (1914) (6:22)

Total Time: 71:23

Line-up / Musicians

- Jean Pierre Louveton / electric guitar, lead vocals
- Guillaume Fontaine / keyboards, vocals
- Lionel-B Guichard / bass, vocals
- Jean Baptiste Itier / drums, vocals

Releases information

CD Quadrifonic - Quad-17-09 (2009, Europe)
2xCD Quadrifonic - Quad-17-09 (2009, France) Digipack limited edition with a bonus CD including Live recording

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NEMO Barbares ratings distribution

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(40%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(37%)
Good, but non-essential (15%)
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Review by Nightfly
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars The first album to come through my door in 2009 was this new album from French prog band Nemo. What a great start to the year it turned out to be too! This is my first taste of Nemo so I'm unable to give comparisons with their previous releases. What I can say though on the strength of Barbares is that Nemo have made a powerful, dynamic and often modern sounding prog album.

It's immediately apparent how well the band work together, no doubt helped by this being their sixth album. The musicianship is excellent, particularly Guillaume Fontaine and JP Louveton's keyboard and guitar work respectively, which blends so well together. The keyboards are modern sounding much, though not all of the time, the guitars ranging from powerful riffing, through jazz tinged chords, explosive soloing to gentler acoustic moments. Mention also has to be made of of the dynamic rhythm section comprising of melodic and fluent bass player Lionel B. Guichard who features prominently in the mix and JB Itier's excellent drumming; powerful yet full of detail and subtleties.

Not surprisingly the attention is drawn towards the epic title track which at over 25 minutes closes this excellent album. Interest never wanes throughout due to the myriad of different parts making up the whole. Perhaps strangely for a track so long the vocals, which incidentally are sung in French throughout the entire album, do not feature that prominently here. Instead the track is in the main given to the many and varied instrumental parts. Starting with restrained Celtic sounding guitar the track builds into a powerful tour de force, each player having ample opportunity to shine on the excellent instrumental interplay with some very good soloing too. A lull for some melancholic piano leads the way into a powerful climatic finish.

While no doubt Barbares is the highlight here, the other 5 tracks in the main while lacking the length, match in quality, though it has to be said, 2 of them still almost make the 10 minute mark, my favourite of these being L'armée Des Ombres.

On the strength on Barbares I'm inclined to now start investigating the Nemo back catalogue which you can get a taster of here if you can still manage to get hold of the limited edition 2cd version with the Si live cd. It's only early yet but there's going to have to be a lot of excellent albums released this year to knock Barbares out of my 2009 top 10 list.

Review by poslednijat_colobar
5 stars I open my account for 2009 with this remarkable album by french eclectic prog band from Haute Loire - Nemo. It is also my first time I'm in contact with the music of this fascinating band. My culture about the french music is not very rich, because it's only my second french full-length album I've listened to (the first one being 1995 Mylène Farmer's Anamorphosée). Of course, I've listened to many songs and I think in opposition to many, that french language is very appropriate for rock music and for all kinds of music, too.

Barbares is the sixth studio album by the band. I regret I can't compare this one with the others, but I hope it will be soon. In french music there are really variety of melancholic feelings and that fits me perfectly. Nemo is not exception of that. They carried two tradition in their music - the first one is progressive tradition and the second one - french popular tradition. Firstly you can find everything from the classic progressive rock, but full of new dimensions and explorations on the horizon of the genre. On the other hand it is combined with classic sorrowful themes, that reminds you all the time this refined french fibre. This adds to Barbares by Nemo essence of masterful and full of suggestion project.

Barbares got beyond my expectations and I'm surely hopeful to be one of the real challengers for the album of the year of ProgArchives. The album consist of six songs (one of them - an epic, most of the others - longs songs). Very complicated music with big ideas, displayed in unshakable and spontaneous manner. The most pleasant moment is the album gets better and better with the next time you listen to it! Firstly, some of the logical connections cannot be rationalized and step by step you got into the details of the expression.

The means of expression are very much here, but probably some of the most important of them are: expressiveness (one idea is developed to its peak and the sound is dramatically full of semitones); volume of the sound (this is highly valued by me, especially the keyboards works on the album); perfect musicianship (synchronism of the instruments; it reveals the experience of the musicians to each other); the artistic manner of the songs (there are whispers and speech all around the album combined with contradictory lines of two or three different instruments).

The variety of motifs and genres is the next very important part of this album. The motifs are rationalize in the way with the others. On the other ahnd the album is full of progressive metal, jazz fusion, symphonic prog and other genres combined in perfect way. It contains extremely shifting in time signature which is the enchantment of the album.

Probably it will not be interesting for some listeners, moreover if someone don't like any of these genres, but the work worths. For me it's a masterpiece in all moments. Of course, the landmark of the album is the homonymous composition - Barbares! Exceptional, just great. If I forgot the existance of folk rock I have to mension it now. This composition contains five or six themes; some of them are developed much later, than they firstly are revealed. Other are just connecting lines between the parts. All the instruments are at their height. Great epic, that don't step off the landmark composition of progressive rock as whole. Exceptional masterpiece for serious listeners.Highly recommended for listeners of different kind of subgenres and mixtures. I have to give it 5 stars, because there isn't 6!!!

Review by tszirmay
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
5 stars French progressive group Nemo has finally arrived, proposing a contemporary slice of modern prog that has "today" stamped all over it , dealing with the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. These 4 stellar musicians have expanded their craft into a completely new transformation, fusing the classic recipes of past references (yeah Rush is a strong one) with a sound of their own, a heady mix of jazz, power-rock with tons of Middle Eastern motifs and a manic euphoria that exudes charming confidence. Guitarist J.P. Louveton is quickly becoming the talk of "guitar town", a crunchy, filthy and rabid tone and style, where blister and bluster combine to create some spellbinding explorations. Keyboard master Guillaume Fontaine has become a fountain of creative genius, searching out new sounds especially on synths where he tortures, caresses and discharges some phosphorescent solos that char, sear and carbonize. Bassist Lionel Guichard and drummer J.B. Itier coalesce into a panzer onslaught of rhythmic aggression, providing an artillery barrage of booming beats that keep things super fluid and ultra mechanical at the same stroke. "LOI" (Law) ignites the proceedings with windswept feedback and effects, as the gurgling synths swerve between the mechanized guitar slashes, initiating the offensive that will unleash the deadliest sounds. Louveton's axe cries in agony, ear-piercing eruptions fed by a loopy desert bass and assertively arid drumming. The whispered vocals relate the sacrifice of Ken and Jim, coming to Muhammad's help in ridding tyranny from the land of a thousand nights, in a spirited anti-war tirade that has moral substance as well as scintillating technique. The insane soloing are definite highlights, depicting the unique attributes of the players, tortuous synthesizer dances wrapped in complete fret board aggression. "19.59" really gets the lethal sonic arsenal rumbling in attack mode, a breezy groove that expresses all the lunacy of war, booming bass way upfront leading the charge. The machine-gun guitar solo is spellbinding, loudly assertive and quite lethal, Itier's drums pounding mercilessly. The vocals here are clear and emotive, a definite improvement on past and occasionally middling efforts. "Le Film de ma Vie" is like a musical diary/biography that searches out a varied atmosphere, perhaps closer to classic French progressive as it's loaded with the required theatrical dramatics staged on a simple arrangement, toning down temporarily the fire and bluster and replacing with a quasi-jazzy inspiration (thought I was listening to a Gallic version of Canterbury for a second!), with a short guitar motif, restrained bass, nice stick work and stunning vocal choir harmonics! Totally unexpected and genial! The 10 minute+ "L'Armée des Ombres" (Shadow Army) is a plunge back into the cordite-scented fire of armed conflict, reviled guitars crunching among the schizoid electronics. The e-piano plays the role of coloring the arrangement with some funky illusions of civility, even though the vocals convey an uncontrolled loss of reason and judgment, underpinned by some serious feeling of "malaise", almost gloom-like zeuhl! The streaming guitar missiles are launched into the skies with apparent disregard, a mournful piano discusses the desolation with a distant affectless guitar (another jazzy parfum!), as the structured solo increases in rage and scope. "Faux Semblants" (Fake reminders) concerns itself with that wonderful French literary attribute, by by evoking sarcasm via some extraordinary deft singing by Louveton, abetted by some more jazzy axe ornamentations. The mood gets snarly and nastier as the theme moves toward a finale that suggests some grandiose apotheosis. As good as all the previous material is, they pale in comparison with the mega 7 part epic that closes out this seminal recording, a mind-blowing sonic adventure that travels into the deepest confines of progdom. This 26 minute extravaganza will go down as a classic prog piece that we will all talk about, as a gorgeous guitar illuminates the track with an bluesy /Celtic almost Oldfieldian urgency, within washes of synthesized strings and a magical pied-piper flute (oh, that is nice indeed) leading the way. The sudden and rough Martin Barre-like theme is the groundwork for a swerve into prog heaven, blooming bass and devastating drums propelling this one unashamed, confidently cocky and elegantly aggressive. "Barbarians, we haven't learned anything from 20 centuries of history, spitting ruthlessly on their misery" kindles a deep philosophical insight especially within the rigid world-wide web of apathy and decay we all currently sit in, depressed economy and disheartened society! The playing here is top-notch, each musician clearly contributing to the experience, displaying a myriad of emotions that do not go undetected. Yes, there is bombast, there is subtlety and even humor within the desolation (the sincerely relaxed acoustic guitar section) followed by the return of the flute, a resolute revert back into the Tullian expanse. Fontaine unleashes a crystalline synth solo that freezes the frazzled listener into submission, as the lyrical venom is spewed with added fervor: a truly exceptional piece of music, incorporating all the values and the principles that make prog such a cerebral- physical exercise. The gentle piano excerpt only proves their sublime musicianship and the understanding that epic music must breathe as well as inspire. My good pal sinkadotentree will be blown away when he gets this CD washed up on his beachfront estate, deposited by the nuclear submarine commanded by Captain Nemo. Now can they only find Air France 447's black box! A modern day progressive masterpiece as expressed by so many already and almost Playstation artwork only adds to the irony. 5 brilliant barbarians.
Review by Mellotron Storm
4 stars Well I must admit I was disappointed with their last album "Si Partie II" but after seeing so many positive reviews about their latest "Barbares" I took the plunge. It was tszirmay's glowing review that made me realize I made the right choice. This might be my favourite from these French rockers, surpassing even "Si Partie I". As usual with this band we get a concept album and as usual the lyrics are in French so I have no idea what it's about, but tszirmay relates to us in his review that it's about current conflicts (wars). What i'm so thankful about with this album is that they've gone back to that heaviness and aggression that I like and contrasted it with lighter passages to great results. I'm surprised to hear some Celtic and Jazz flavours at times as well.

"Loi" opens with some atmosphere that borders on haunting as we hear some guitar sounds. It kicks in before a minute and they kick hard. It settles 2 1/2 minutes in where I love the guitar. Vocals after 4 minutes for the first time. I like the percussion 6 1/2 minutes in and the crazy synths that follow. "19:59" is my favourite. Nice drum intro before it kicks in. Then it settles with vocals. Great sound. Check out the drums and keys. Riffs come and go. Nice. Killer sound 4 minutes in. "Le Film Di a Vie" opens with guitar and drums as reserved vocals join in. It's all very relaxed.It turns sort of jazzy and piano joins in. It settles as bass becomes prominant followed by synths then vocals. It starts to rebuild until we get an incredible sound 4 minutes in. I feel a lot of emotion after 6 minutes for some reason. "L'armee Des Ombres" features some nice crunchy guitar as the drums pound. It settles some when vocals arrive. Contrasts continue. A calm 6 minutes in as piano slowly plays. Drums then guitar join in as the tempo starts to pick up. Nice.

"Faux Semblants" opens with a good sound before turning jazzy with light drums, bass, piano and vocals. Nice guitar work before 2 minutes. I like the vocals after 5 minutes and the heaviness that follows. "Barbares" is the 26 minute closer. It opens with this celtic sounding guitar melody that goes on and on as the synths wash in. Fragile vocals 1 1/2 minutes in. Flute comes in a minute later and it too gives off a Celtic vibe. Interesting. The guitar around 3 1/2 minutes sounds fantstic as drums and piano join in. Vocals are back 7 minutes in with a heavy soundscape. An instrumental workout follows. A calm after 12 minutes as acoustic guitar comes in. Flute joins in as well a couple of minutes later then we get a full sound. Vocals are back 16 1/2 minutes in. I like how the guitar and piano play over the heaviness. A calm before 21 minutes then piano comes in followed by tasteful guitar as it builds. Vocal melodies join in. Nice. Then we get a calm to the end. Time to reflect.

A solid 4 stars and Metal fans should check these guys out.

Review by Prog-jester
3 stars It was always beyond me why people tend to like this band THAT much. I've listened to almost all NEMO releases, and there's slight progression from one to another, hardly noticable, but obvious: record quality grows better, musicianship gets even more professional, the whole sound becomes heavier, etc. The only thing constant is songwriting and composition issue. This is what I dislike in NEMO's music. Pieces are well-written, but not fitting each other (to my ears), epics seem to be forced (the eponymous one here is pretty good, though), and shorter songs can hardly keep my attention. I wholeheartedly apologise for my verdict, but this is what I like most in music - good writing. You can never grow to Petrucci's leel, but if your stuff is memorable, you're ace in my book. Hence,only 3 stars (mainly for the closing 25-min long jewel), and I think I'll abandon my further researches in NEMO's field
Review by Windhawk
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars A highly compelling creation from this experienced French ensemble.

Their slightly quirky musical wanderings takes inspirations from a number of different stylistic expressions; although they do seem to limit blending them all together at once. So while the opening number plays around with space-tinged effects in an otherwise heavy sounding excursion, the second and third tracks draw more of their inspiration from the symphonic side of progressive music, the latter of these pretty close to vintage Neo-prog, while the fourth composition mix in more majestic symphonic elements. The fifth tune here looks towards jazz for additional elements, while final track and giant epic Barbares utilizes elements from folk music.

All of this in a neat package with compositions ever changing and evolving; where the musical foundation seems to be a form of heavy art rock. Very well made and performed; and as long as French lyrics isn't regarded as troublesome an album safely recommended to the eclecticly-minded progressive rock fan.

Review by Epignosis
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars For the most part, this album is an excellent one, but it is a difficult album for me to rate because the first five tracks are all at least four star songs; it's the twenty-five minute title track that makes me point my thumb to the floor. Essentially what is here is extremely creative electric guitar work alongside some brilliant synthetic textures creating compelling arrangements. While I realize the singing is in French and I don't understand a word of it, it's pretty good! I would recommend this to people who like Echolyn and Kansas, but don't mind the situation of the lengthiest track being the worst.

"L.D.I." With an electronic riff repeated by electric guitar, this French band is off. The bass under the guitar solo almost steals the spotlight in the beginning. The main theme is simple but adds intrigue to this hard-rocking yet restrained opener. There's a wicked synthesizer solo, followed by a more laid back guitar solo, all over a series of amazing riffs.

"19:59" After a quick drum spot, a heavy guitar riff jumps in, giving way to quiet acoustic guitar, piano, and softer vocals. This is a pleasingly tight arrangement with several noteworthy aspects that should satisfy many symphonic rock lovers. The choir-like vocals near the end are a nice touch, just before that ripping guitar ends it.

"Le Film De Ma Vie" Things slow down with a just slightly gritty electric guitar and gentle singing. This song in particular reminds me of early Echolyn (the vocalist even sounds like the singer on the first few Echolyn albums). There's a lovely vocal section over spare piano toward the end that just adds to the majesty of the piece. The concluding guitar solo is expertly crafted.

"L'armée Des Ombres" Guitar fed into a wah pedal and electronic noises dominate the beginning of this track. Electric piano coats the verses, as it evolves into something thicker and more menacing. An atmospheric interlude occurs in the middle, ushering in piano that builds to a long and varied phenomenal guitar solo.

"Faux Semblants" This song is the softer side of Nemo, with a very conventional vocal melody that would appeal to many music lovers even outside of progressive rock. And as usual, the music is varied and original. However, one riff in the middle is almost the same as that of "Mellotron Scratch" by Porcupine Tree, but the gradual build takes things in a completely different direction. Also as usual, the ending contains some very excellent music, particularly with respect to the guitar.

"Barbares" I'm afraid this is where things suddenly go downhill. It begins with a simple yet promising motif played only on the electric guitar before other instruments join in. An acoustic guitar takes over alongside a delicate synthesizer pad. A whistle plays the main theme just before the music stops and a heavy electric guitar riff ensues. In case the listener has forgotten it, the main theme is played several times, adding to the boredom of such a long and drawn out piece. A solo acoustic guitar part adds variety in the middle, though. The synthesizer solos are not exactly solos, in that they replicate the same melodies over and over, unlike the amazingly creative bits in all the other songs. Essentially, this is a track laden with repetition, which is rarely a good thing for an extended symphonic piece. Unlike all the other songs, nothing on the title track seems to flow- it's riddled with stop-start transitions that almost always sound like a band is just purposely trying to make an "epic" without any good reason for doing so.

Review by TheGazzardian
4 stars "Listening to French music? What are you ... French?" "No, voice in my head that thinks it's clever, I am not."

Barbares is a good album that, to me, includes two distinct parts: the epic, and the not-epic songs. It's one of those albums where it is the epic that truly carries the rest of the album, which is not to say that the non-epic tracks are weak; I just don't want to return to them as often.

"LDI" (no idea what it stands for, and can't really guess as my french is weak) is a pretty good way to start an album. It builds up into a rousing rocker over the first few minutes, with nice keyboard textures added, before the vocals come in. I love the way that they did the vocals in this track, for although they keep the the 'rock/serious' feel of the song, the way they alternate with the instrumentals feels somewhat playful to me, and makes me think of Nemo as a band who knows how to have fun writing musing.

19:59 is not an epic, nor is it a particularly long song. In fact, despite its name, it is actually the shortest song on the album. It is a bit more vocal driven than the previous track, and includes nice vocals to make it stronger. Unfortunately, I don't understand french, and I feel that knowing what the band was saying could potentially increase the experience here. Nonetheless, it is still a very nice sounding track.

"La Film De Ma Vie" (which translates to The Film of My Life) is another enjoyable track. I enjoy the way that the instruments run against the vocals in this one, for it works rather well. One of my favorite parts of this track is a section where the instruments are silenced, and the main theme is sung over supporting vocals by the rest of the band.

L'armee de Ombres (which google tells me means Army of Shadows ) starts off with a nice, rocking beat. I have to admit to liking that a lot about this band, that there is a good underpinning of rock and roll energy underneath. This song contains effective interplay between various themes and volume levels, and yet retains its energy, until it enters a nice, quiet section before the seven minute mark. The contrast is quite effective, giving the quiet feel of this part more meaning, while it builds back up into another rocking bit, backed by some very nice guitar work.

Faux Semblants (False Pretenses) is a little more held back than the other tracks at first, although it does grow in intensity as the song advances. The vocals start off appropriately reserved, making them feel more powerful when the band really gets behind them after the build-up around the 3-minute mark. Overall, another strong track.

But all of these tracks pale compared to the epic, 'Barbares' (Barbarians). It is a pretty simple track, built around a catchy, war-memorial sounding (to my ears at least) riff, which is repeated in various forms on various instruments, with various backing parts, to great effect. It is the type of song that had every potential to come off as repetitive, but I feel that Nemo pulled it off really well, to make the epic the highlight of the album. It moves easily from various moods, staying lodged in your brain long after you have stopped listening.

Overall, I find this album is full of excellent music, although I can tell that I am missing out on some of the experience by not understanding the french language. (I will, of course, be googling for English lyrics in the near future, or worst case scenario, copying the french ones into google translate). Ultimately, the epic is what has me coming back, more than any of the other songs, which are strong in their own rights. Four stars.

(For lovers of album art, the album are on the front cover looks much better in real life than on the site; the girls facial expression speaks more, and the background stands out more. I actually love the way that the tank in the background is almost muted out by the orange tones though.

The back album art is not quite as hot. It looks like a scene out of some FPS or other shooter video game to me.)

Review by Marty McFly
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars Sidenote - thank you dear Ebay for not bringing anything useful here on album page.

So let's look into this case, whether Barbares deserves such a good place, rating and fanbase. I say yeah, why not, but don't let your feelings fool you. This is a quite good record, equivalent of my

4(+), but there are a reasons why not more. Even some parts are trying for it, more research is needed and finally, I'll maybe give masterpiece rating. Depends on how I'll like this. For example intro in LDI is hell a killer, lasting for how long, 4 minutes ? French vocals are pleasant in this case (and by this fact I'm pleased, as I had my problems with French albums in past)

This review stayed open for a long time, now I can easily said that it's

5(-), OK guys ? It's f....n masterpiece and you wanted it. Some facts are undeniable.

Review by Warthur
3 stars Another collection of expansive symphonic prog compositions from Nemo, Barbares is a pleasant and capable example of the form. I was surprised to double-check the track list to see that the closing title track is a full 25 minutes long, because it feels much shorter - a sure sign of a composition which genuinely merits its length and isn't outstaying its welcome or padding its running time out with useless filler. If you liked previous albums by Nemo like the Si Partie series, it's a worthwhile listen, though I think matters are a little bit less theatrical this time around. The folk and jazz elements which worm their way in here and there makes this feel like an original and interesting exploration of new sounds by Nemo, but at points they don't feel like they've really incorporated these ideas fully into their sound as yet.

Latest members reviews

4 stars My first musical experience with Nemo was a few months after the release of their second album entitled Presages (2003), I was blown away by their dynamic and varied blend of several styles, topped with the slightly theatrical French vocals. Meanwhile I have become a huge fan (apart from Si Part ... (read more)

Report this review (#1953943) | Posted by TenYearsAfter | Wednesday, August 1, 2018 | Review Permanlink

4 stars It gets better with every listening. I gave this album a few spins in recent weeks. Obtained on recommendation, it didn't quite grab me at first, but for some reason I was reluctant to put it away, never to bother with just part of the collection. Still, there was something in there that I wa ... (read more)

Report this review (#950328) | Posted by BORA | Saturday, April 27, 2013 | Review Permanlink

5 stars This album may have some imperfections, but this is mainly for purists. If Yes or Genesis had written and played such an album, it would be at the top of the PA list. No doubt for me this group is at the same level than the most well known groups, from Genesis or King Crimson to Porcupine Tree o ... (read more)

Report this review (#411942) | Posted by gabnat | Sunday, March 6, 2011 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Excellent musicians, an eclectic synthesis of the roots of progressive rock, with heavy, funky, folk, classical elements, with analogies with KING CRIMSON, GENESIS, YES, JETHRO TULL and others 70's classics or more recently PORCUPINE TREE or DREAM THEATER. This group is amazing and they made a ... (read more)

Report this review (#408050) | Posted by JethroTree | Friday, February 25, 2011 | Review Permanlink

5 stars NEMO have surpassed themselves with "Barbares". Their first masterpiece, "Si - Partie 1", broke the mould of what came before and came close to being the perfect album. Much in the same way, "Barbares" breaks new ground and introduces a deeper, more layered sound with devestating effect. There ... (read more)

Report this review (#299263) | Posted by Warren | Wednesday, September 15, 2010 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Encouraged by the reviews on progarchiv website, I decided to take the guess and blindly buy the cd Barbares of Nemo. Over the years, I was surprised that I actually never was able to find something valuable coming form French ground, maybe except for Gong, which has French roots. Nemo turns o ... (read more)

Report this review (#275028) | Posted by mscbox | Sunday, March 28, 2010 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Recently I heard this band , thanks to progarchives, where I realized that the album was barbaric Well located in the raiting on This, and I was concerned, knowing that they sing in their native language, I don´t know nothing about language French, only a few words, but I think it does not matter ... (read more)

Report this review (#231048) | Posted by JgX 5 | Tuesday, August 11, 2009 | Review Permanlink

5 stars The new Nemo is a great Nemo !! With Barbares, Nemo gives us a masterpiece of progressive rock, a little bit 'metal', a little bit 'neo', but always with a great melodic feeling. The compositions aren't just an assortment of solos slapped together, they flow smoothly in and out, their fine perfor ... (read more)

Report this review (#214764) | Posted by Peter Hackett | Sunday, May 10, 2009 | Review Permanlink

4 stars I would love to give this album 5 stars for the sake of promoting this excellent band, but frankly it falls short of a masterpiece. However it is still a very pleasurable listen, albeit not as high quality or as good of a starting point as their earlier material, especially Si Partie II. Styli ... (read more)

Report this review (#203943) | Posted by FlowerA | Saturday, February 21, 2009 | Review Permanlink

4 stars This is my first 2009 release and my first album by Nemo. If this is any indication of the prog year we have coming ahead of us, we are in for a treat. This album is superb from start to finish. The music is very engaging, original and grips you for the 68 minute duration of the CD. The produ ... (read more)

Report this review (#201306) | Posted by proggesser | Saturday, January 31, 2009 | Review Permanlink

5 stars This album is marvellous. If you are a progressive fan and you don't know Nemo's band, you have a lack in your experience. Il you already know, hurry up, it's perhaps the album of the year on the progressive planet. M. Louveton and his collegue have made a very good album, from the first note until ... (read more)

Report this review (#196999) | Posted by bolteau-romluce | Saturday, January 3, 2009 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Nemo refuse to let up the pace they had set with Prelude. In Barbares, there is a sense that they have less to prove, and it is really helped by this. Much like in the past 5 albums, a lot of the music is linked, not as strongly as Si part ii or Prelude, but the connections are there all the same. ... (read more)

Report this review (#193803) | Posted by La fraisne | Monday, December 15, 2008 | Review Permanlink

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