Sadly, after the 2nd chorus, there is a soft section that I don't really care for. Instead, it is an eighty minute symphony best listened to from start to finish. Harmonium created something truly special with Si On Avait Besoin D'une Cinquieme Saison. The orchestra also appears in the band compositions and really adds to the whole sonic spectrum - I've rarely heard albums in which the orchestra really manages to create a coherence which wouldn't exist without these orchestral snippets. There is a girlie choir and the track sounds rather like a Burt Bacharach composition and arrangement, in fact it reminds me a little of his score for Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid. Some of the music is reminiscent of Brazilian Bossa Nova and sambinha.
However, if the term aptly applies to any album, it is this one. Serge Fiori has such a good voice and fills it with emotion. The whole album creates a depressing but increadibly powerful climax. Everything concurred for a best achievement here: an experienced band, a fair production, great and ambitious arrangements, all packaged in a double disc. Then the song ups tempo and becomes a bopping circus-march not matched by the lyrics , and rather nice it is too. The acoustic folk tendency present on the previous albums is more absent here. The first half of the double album is almost universally excellent.
My Mouth Ain't No Bible 06:53 7. Opening Prologue sets the scene with an evocative and entertaining score. This album is not nly a concept album, but also the flow is great thanks to Chotem piano. Most of the better stuff is on the first disc and Comme Un Fou and L'Exil are superb. Posted Thursday, August 17, 2006 Review 87534 Third and last studio album from this Canadian band who played a very much folk oriented music during their first two albums.
In one place I hear what sounds to me like Ondes Martinet or Theramin, although neither are mentioned in the sleeve notes. Nice vocals from Monique Fauteux. This one adds drums and a few other prog elements into the mix. It's a shame that they had to make this a double album, as they could have removed some of the padding in various parts of the album. The harmonium is not ideal for a vocalist of Hindustani style because raga rendition places huge importance to nuances and shrutis.
As a result, this album has similar problems to Tales Of Topographic Oceans from Yes. It's difficult not to get chills during certain points of this pastoral masterwork. The theme is used and developed at the end with great vocalists. This could almost have been a Carpenters number, and I don't mean that pejoratively. Drums and bass before 2 minutes as it gets fuller.
Compared to the pleasantness of 'Si On Avait Besoin D'une Cinquième Saison', 'L'Heptade' is by turns dramatic, melancholy, moody, ambient, rhythmic and gentle. It's not an entertaining listen, to put it simply. It is used as an associated instrument in Indian classical music, Sufi music, Bhajans and other varieties of music. Some mellotron in this one. Neither of the four albums is easy listening or even remotely easy to review. This is a good album; I can't imagine anybody having a particularly negative opinion of it. It's a melancholic number, and what sounds to me like Ondes Martinet or Theramin although not mentioned in the sleeve notes in one place adds to this mood.
If you have any hesitation about taking on this album because the vocals are not in english you can hesitate no longer. The compositions change moods and passages with ease, although there are times when the changes seem kind of random or unnecessary. Sommeil Sans Rêves 1:25 4. The atmospheric middle section is pleasant, but this is another somewhat boring track overall. The Prologue and Epilogue are lengthier, but the ambience rather reminds me of the eerier moments on Sigur Rós' Heima film than of a standard overture of an opera. The performances are tangibly soulful and the composition is a nothing short of genius.
Maybe you have to love 12-string guitars and keyboard soundscapes as much as me to be mesmerized throughout the whole two discs. Good songs per se, but a bit of a mess when taken as a 'concept album' of sorts. Serge Fiori decided to drop some of the folky aspects of the band's previous albums, adding a rhythm section and working with a composer to come up with classical interludes. The vocals are absolutely gorgeous, and the acoustic guitar is simple yet effective. Solitary Islands All 03:09 8. I personally think this album is way better sounding Harmonium and personally think that this album is the finest production of Harmonium.