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I'm really, really, curious to know what would my impression be if I'd be a French speaker. For me, it's like skinning a skinny rabbit: when you remove the skin, the yummy meat should appear and indeed, the meet is yummy, but the rabbit is too skinny, so expect no feast. The same goes for poor old Mr. Jacotey:

I'm forced to ignore the lyrics - but I must admit, the voice sounds pleasant, passionate and there's obviously a story worth telling but alas, my French is slightly better than my Etrurian.

What is left is the instrumental side of music - I compared it to a meat that is yummy, but not substantial enough.

The music reflect that French dreamy charm nicely (present not only in French symph, but in French music in general) but it's not enough to fulfill my appetite: it consists of simple layers: a heavy guitar (without tagging this music heavy prog), sometimes acoustic guitar in the background, spacey synthscapes, a traces of organ and synth solos, a sip of vibes, unnoticeable drums..and nothing else. No details.

Actually, that's not right. There are many details to be discovered, they just do not build your monstrously good 70's prog rock album that's sending shivers down your spine.

That's not very fair point of view, I know; it seems like I'm criticizing it for not being a masterpiece.

It should be judged in it's own right; but since I'm a human being and therefore imperfect, I'll tell you I had high expectation for this one, since it was (is) so highly praised in prog rock community, and I just discovered a wonderful world of French prog. I can't compare it to other ANGE's albums because I'm not familiar with them. Yet. (this yet is significant; this is not a bad album after all.)

Well, it sounds like a watered down symphonic rock (again, I'm distancing myself from the possibly extraordinary good lyrics). It even sounds poppy at times. Not bad, but not too adventurous - at the moment I was listening the simplified Imagine du Temps by ATOLL - in another moment I begged for more. More development, I mean. I also like simpler tunes in general, IF they're brave enough. This one is neither here nor there. But it's good enough to encourage me checking something else from the band's catalogue. Perhaps my perception will shift with time, but I don't think so.

Now, after 400 words of review you still do not know nothing about Emile Jacotey. Well, after repeated listening of the album, I still do not know nothing now about exciting and adventurous music.

This review reflects the album. It's not too good, it's not too's just a pleasant routine.

clarke2001 | 3/5 |


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