If you like progressive rock music from the seventies, then you will probably enjoy this album of the French quartet Acanthe. This band hailed from the vicinity of Grenoble and existed from 1973 till 1977. The original tapes of this album were discovered and released 33 years later! Strangely enough, the music has never been released before although some people thought, that Acanthe was one of the best prog rock bands around in those days.
The music of Acanthe is typical seventies prog rock, mainly influenced by Genesis, King Crimson and Pink Floyd, but Acanthe also has a style of its own. The band mixes instrumental and vocal passages, some parts in English, but others in French of which the latter is certainly not my cup of tea. The instrumental track Touch The Sun is my personal favourite on this album, as it features some really melodic guitar solos and a nice organ solo, which sounds a bit like the notorious Doors ! The album sounds rather ’old-fashioned’, but then again it’s also very intense, containing many musical ideas and well-played tracks. As I said before, if you are still into the seventies then you could give this album a try…
*** Martien Koolen (edited by Peter Willemsen)
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