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La Fin Du Monde – “Life As It Should Be ” – [End of The World]

loun   6/19/2007   A Library, CD

Imagine an alternate universe – one where prog never imploded, but instead – perish the thought – progressed! Consider what would happen as it absorbed the guitar focus of the eighties, soaked up some mellowness in the nineties, and got in tune with the imprecision of the naughties.

Of course, you can’t just pop in and out of another universe. You need to use tachyons to get there, and tachyoffs to get back, and who really wants to go anywhere in such a tachy outfit?

Not that there’d be any point to going. The universe exists, yes, but there our world has ended. Yes, just like it says on the cover. Can’t you read French? Merde! That world has ended, perhaps indicating that prog had to die for our salvation. Yes, it was a noble sacrifice, all those glitter capes and silk pantaloons – not to mention the lovely, perfectly tuned instruments.

But this is “progressive” in the “chord progression” sense, so it may or may not be what you call “progressive”, or what Wikipedia calls “progressive”, but, labels aside, there are elements that strongly evoke that old prog feeling. It’s like a friend you bump into after twenty years, and discover that there’s no need to talk about what’s happened in the intervening time. Just hang out and enjoy the good company friend.

Back to my wondrous story – the alternate Earth came to an untimely end, but our scientists were able to open a portal to that universe and record this, the last transmissions from a radio station in the foreign quarter of Free Tibet. Listen, and comtemplate what might have been.

With track titles like “The Brutal Chicken Divine” and “Nascar Santa Claus”, it’s clear that these musicians don’t take themselves too seriously, yet they do take their music seriously, and the tracks are all well crafted and engaging. My favorite is the extra-proggy “We Don’t Necessarily Like Paul”, but I’d rather just play the disc end to end.

Warm, fuzzy, and deep, this a discful of refreshing all instrumental ponderings – “Tales from Topiary Puddles”, and it’s not to be missed!

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