The heavenly voices and exalted violin create a sense of magical release that will soothe the soul and elicit the smiles. This is probably a 4 star recording for most fans but my feelings as well as the seemingly eternal anticipation force me to elevate this to the loftiest heights.
Desert island choice for sure. The music is instrumental with some occasional wordless singing. In my country Finland this type of instrumental progressive music was recorded in the late 70's by e. But once you've heard the whole album, the Eclectic Prog subgenre for Alpha Ralpha makes more sense, as for example the degree of jazziness alternates between the tracks, and also the arrangements have variety. The electric guitar on 'Nova' sounds a bit like Mike Oldfield.
Mellow 8-minute track 'Genese' features Hackett-like guitar and marimba, the latter making a great reappearance on 'Lagune Ouest' which, as Tszirmay said, has a strong reminiscence to Pierre Moerlin's GONG.
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Free Counter. Mellow 8-minute track 'Genese' features Hackett-like guitar and marimba, the latter making a great reappearance on 'Lagune Ouest' which, as Tszirmay said, has a strong reminiscence to Pierre Moerlin's GONG. Review by tszirmay Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator.
The affair Lagune Ouest - Alpha Ralpha - Alpha Ralpha (CD) off with the spectacular "Synergie", an immediate winner built around a zig-zagging fuzzed guitar phrasing that evokes determination and originality, not overtly complex but extremely gratifying. Wistful, syncopated, forceful and resolute, the layered mood exudes Lagune Ouest - Alpha Ralpha - Alpha Ralpha (CD) sizzling charm that sets the table for a perfect musical experience.
This track has been a perennial fave since the day it was spawned and I have used it many times on various playlists audio cassettes, remember those? The three part "Nova" keeps the pace ablaze with some lavish choir work A Tai Phong traitfollowed by some zippy synths and a dynamic rhythmic pulse, furthered by a galloping Lagune Ouest - Alpha Ralpha - Alpha Ralpha (CD) and complex drums, with Breant's exuberant piano work and Mareska shooting off some gritty solos.
Then a more country styled finger-picking break guest Claude Samard that evolves into a blitzing axe solo, as well as a superb and unique double synth foray on the Arp Odyssey. The brief Lagune Ouest - Alpha Ralpha - Alpha Ralpha (CD) Major" reverts to a gentle space lullaby, heavily dependent on the Elka string synthesizer, a rather mythical French instrument that is comparable to the mellotron in original sound.
This is of course, a perfect segue into the 'piece de resistance', the aptly titled "Genese", an epic 8 minute plus symphonic ride that owns some serious references to the Genesis model, with delicate string guitar weavings, extroverted percussion patterns, looping bass and primo keyboard work, typically on piano.
The highly distorted electric guitar Samard certainly hints at the Hackett sound, perhaps in a bluesier vein, so the comparisons to fellow countrymen Pulsar are quite warranted, offering up some lovely and intricate melodies and skilled soloing.
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