2004COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: LINEUP:
Jerome Cazard - vocals, mandolin, accordion * Bruno Levesque - guitars, bass, keyboards, mandolin, backing vocals *Faustine Bosson - guest lead vocals on 'Where No One Lives'TRACK LISTING:
01 Stupid Man * 02 Electric Harps * 03 My Sight * 04 Where No One Lives * 05 A Passing Show * 06 Chrome And Glass * 07 Brother * 08 Family Home * 09 Time * 10 Just Us * 11 In Between Days * 12 Easy Way * 13 OceanaWEBLINKS: http://silenceprod.free.fr
Everytime an album comes along where the main guy is the keyboardist, you just know something rewarding will result. The French duo Silence do exactly that. The project is the brainchild of Bruno Levesque, who had prior to this, released a handful of instrumental albums, before hooking up with talented singer Jerome Cazard. The result is a beautiful AOR mixture of Newman
and Street Talk
- combining the production ideals of Englishman Steve Newman and the lush but commercial styling of Frederik Bergh respectively. You could even chuck in the likes of Dare
, and certainly with a pair of mandolins twanging away in the background, the good ol' Mid West comparison comes into play - a la the Norwegian outfit On The Rise
. If that has you salivating, then so it should. It certainly got me going!! What is evident, is that the album is very atmospheric. The pairing got together in 2001, and not long after released an album on MTM called 'Utopia'. Not having heard that effort, I guess it passed the world by, because otherwise we would have heard through the grapevine. Now with Spanish label Vinny Records in tow (91 Suite
etc), Messrs Levesque and Cazard have an enthusiastic vehicle to send their latest musical endeavour out into the world. There are thirteen tracks, and 65 minutes of material - enough to partake in at least two strong cups of your best coffee before you get to the end!!
The album gets underway with the rather beautiful 'Stupid Man' (no, not the Thomas Helmig
version), the intro is outstanding, and the chorus will get into your head before too long. The mandolins lead us in on 'Electric Harps', the track taking on a Frontline
like stance - structure wise. Gorgeous keyboards waft over us on at the start of 'My Sight'. Approach wise we're in the same zone as the UK act Newman
, stabbing pianos, strutting guitars.. everything really. Taking time out in the mid-west atmospheric wash a la On The Rise
is the song 'Where No One Lives'. If you can imagine open plains, vast roads, and small town USA - then your're halfway there. Heading off down the highway is 'Chrome And Glass' - a song about cars. It combines the raciness of Newman
and the melody of On The Rise
to perfection. In fact, On The Rise
is the best reference point for the next few tracks: 'Family Home', 'Time', and 'Just Us' all have that flavour that made Terje Eide and his Norwegian cohorts so popular in 2003. The album ends on an instrumental track, entitled 'Oceana'. An AOR keyboardists wet dream is this one, or if you are into melodic new age music, then this will surely get your chakras churning!
A good listen throughout, a bit samey toward the end there, but overall it is a damn good listen. I predict that I will spend some time with this CD, taking the opportunity to immerse in its depth and atmosphere. Even though this album was late getting to us as a 2004 release, it certainly gives us hope that 2005 will be good year with quality releases. If the power metal genre can do it, then why not AOR? Make sure to check out the sound samples via the URL's listed above.
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