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Barbares

by Nemo

Released on January 5th, 2009. This is the sixth album of this French progressive rock band.
Genre: Rock: Progressive Rock
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1. L.D.I.
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2. 19:59
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3. Le film de ma vie
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4. L'armée des ombres
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5. Faux semblants
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6. Barbares (parties Ià VII)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
With 5 studio albums under their belt, a reputation to be kept high and just after the release of the bands magnum opus (SI), the gentlemen of Nemo went into the studio. Expectations were high. Could this French quartet, let by JP Louveton, come up with an album that would not disappoint both fans and critics? Let’s put it clear from the start. Yes they could. This sixth release “Barbares” shines bright. “Barbares” is one of the best progressive rock albums released so far this year. I think the album will make it into my “best of 2009” list.

Nemo delivers a great mix of progressive rock (eclectic and modern - the keys are dominant in the mix) and French popular and traditional music. The band was established in 1999 but still sounds young and fresh. The music of Nemo is clearly influenced by Dream Theater and Rush, but also mixes fusion, jazz and folk music to come up with a unique sound. Band leader JP Louveton is responsible for both the guitar and the lead vocals (JP has a bit of Petrucci in him). His singing is (to say the least) less impressive than his guitar playing. JP’s voice simply is too thin. I think a better vocalist would add something extra to the narrative and complex music of these French progressive rock masters. But ok, it still are usually the (numerous) instrumental and complex parts where the talent of the band shines the brightest. The final (title) song is a brilliant epic (nearly 26 minutes) in which all previous themes come together in a great progressive masterpiece. This album is getting better and better with the next time you listen to it. “Barbares” may not be a milestone, it is highly recommended for anyone who is looking for a modern sounding rock album. Nemo is without any doubt one of the best rock bands to come out of France.


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