Friday 13 April 2018
Ange - Heureux! (2018)
The 24th album from this French band.
Ange is a quintet on this album with a lineup of guitars, bass, drums, bass, keyboards and French vocals.
Christian Decamps is the vocalist here and his son Tristan plays keyboards together with his father.
I have reviewed most Ange albums for # 1 of this blog and ProgArchives. Despite of some dubious albums in the 1980s and the 1990s, I rate this band very highly.
Their previous proper studio album Moyen Age from 2012 was a very good album too and proved that this and still had it. The original member is Christian Dechamps and he is involved in the excellent band Gens De La Lune too.
Ange delivers another album of French theatrical symphonic prog, influenced by both Jacques Brel and Genesis. As on Moyen Age, they have gone back to the sound from their first albums and used that as a base for their songs.
The songs here are rather pastoral and pretty theatrical. There is not much heavy stuff. Something Ange has never done.
Christian's vocals is excellent here. His son Tristan and the rest of the band also does a great job on this almost seventy minutes long album.
It is also a very good album and a timely reminder that Ange was and probably still is one of the best progressive bands on this planet. Check them out.