Thursday 5 November 2020

Laura - Laura (1980)

The debut album from this French band.

The band was a seven piece big band with a lineup of xylophone, percussion, drums, bass, flute, guitars, keyboards and vocals.

This band released two albums before they gave up the ghost. I will review the second album in some days time.

This band is among the more obscure French symphonic prog bands. Bands who never broke through but still, forty and fifty years later, still have a lot to offer those who really like symphonic prog and French symphonic prog.

There is a lot of French folk rock here too and some weird atonal French vocals. The keyboards sound is very old style and from the very early 1970s.

The vocals are really good and in the French tradition of both singing and almost talking. 

There is a lot of flutes and guitars here too.

The sound is very old style symphonic prog and pre-Yes. It is bordering to proto-symphonic prog.

The quality of this album is somewhere between decent and good. There are a couple of good songs here but the keyboards sound is the best thing about this album. 

It is an album well worth checking out.

2.5 points

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