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3.97 | 310 ratings

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2 stars Time for the counterbalance once again. Some months ago Keneth Levine tried to put this album a bit more into perspective but he was replied with 3 more 5 star ratings by prog reviewers. Nothing wrong with that, each his/her taste and opinion but I feel I have to do this because any random reader could get the impression we are dealing with an undisputed masterpiece here. And I can tell you, we are not ! As far as I'm concerned we are dealing with one of the most overrated albums on progarchives. There is no doubt this album will have it's significance, where would all the 5 star ratings come from otherwise ? But it's probably beyond me, I can't see it, no matter how hard I try. I wanted to check this out because of the high ranking in the 100 most valued albums of all time, so it was sheer curiosity and certainly not the dreadful streamtrack on progarchives that made me long for this. But I thought: maybe Longue nuits D'Isaac is the worst track of the album and the rest could be ok. I can't say it's the case here. The rest is of the same questionable quality. The only positiv thing I can say about it is that it's original. No other band sounds like Ange so if you want something unique, take this band/album !

But I'm looking for wonderful music and great melodies and they are not to be found here. It's almost as if this band wants to sound as ugly as possible. It goes both for vocals as for instrumentals in my opinion. After first listening I thought the title track was something of my liking because of the extended guitar solo at the end but if you listen more carefully you have to say that even this highlight sounds ugly really.

It's probably my lack of intellectual profundity that make me say things like above but it's really my opinion and we have to conclude this is obviously not my cup of tea. In the end it's only the pigeon on the title track I really like but that will be my love for nature rising to the surface.

progrules | 2/5 |


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