Sunday 19 November 2017

Malicorne - Les Cathédrales De L'Industrie (1986)

The ninth and final album from this French band.

Malicorne was a quintet on this album with a lineup of hurdy gurdy, mandocello, harmonica, guitars, bass, keyboards, percussion, crumhorn, mandolin, violin, drums and vocals. Both male and female vocals from Mr and Mrs Yacoub, the founders of this band.
The band also had some help from guest musicians providing tin flutes, uillean pipes, programming and bagpipes.

Their previous album, the 1981 Balancoire En Feu saw the band begin to strip down their complex sound and instrumentations. This was what everyone was doing in the 1980s and Malicorne just followed that trend.

This album also follows that trend. The music and sound is more complex than on Balancoire En Feu. But not as complex as their 1970s albums.

There are also some plastic feel over some of their songs. Songs which is more easier and more pop focused than on their 1970s albums.

There are even some attempts of embracing the Depeche Mode like electronica on a couple of the songs here. Terrible, horrible, terrible.

At the best, this is a good to very good album. But it also has it's really bad sides. This album is not their finest time and album. It is still a decent to good album.

2.5 points 

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