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Sunday, August 22, 2010

Alice, France

Alice - Arrêtez le Monde. 1971 Polydor.

I had totally forgotten about this release. I had it on LP for a few years and finally decided to move it out (2015 update: And repurchased it again). It was a difficult decision, mainly because the gatefold cover is so cool - and the feel of the music reminds me of Sandrose's sole album. That was well over 10 years ago. So hearing this again was fun. And also reminded me why I ultimately did not hold onto it. It's by no means a bad album, but Alice were a French pop band exploring with orchestrations and other trendy "progressive" ideas. In that way, they remind me of the Italian groups doing similar like Delirium's "Dolce Acqua" or The New Trolls "Concerto Grosso No. 1". When Alice are strictly instrumental, they can be highly fascinating, and utilize a multitude of instruments (including mellotron). But they are pop singer songwriters at heart, and those moments are pretty hard to stomach, unless you're a fan of said style. Would be a great choice for a Japanese mini-LP. Their 1970 pop psych debut album has been reissued prior (on the Magic label). Bootlegs exist.

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