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Elixir - 1990 Indifference

ARTIST: Elixir
ALBUM: Indifference
LABEL: Musea Parallele
YEAR: 1990


LINEUP: Christian Marischal - guitars, vocals * Sonja Lazerat - keyboards * Francis Probst - drums * Christophe Lesuisse - bass

TRACK LISTING: 01 Regard * 02 La P'tite Fille Aux Allumettes * 03 Au Bout Du Chemin * 04 J'suis Paume * 05 Byzar * 06 Tendresse * 07 Revelations Macabres

Progressive rock from the Lorraine region of Northeastern France; this was Elixir's second album and depending what you read, not a patch on their first album 'Sabbat' released in 1986. Sad to say, I've never got around to hearing that record or the eventual CD which was one of the Musea label's first releases, but apparently Elixir had been around for a few years prior as The Pink Dream. The band released a four track cassette in 1984 and with a couple line-up changes morphed into Elixir.

The Songs
Unabashedly influenced by groups like IQ and Pendragon while utilizing every neo-progressive cliche under the sun including some of the cheesiest synthesizer I've ever heard; Elixir is everything prog purists immersed in the 'golden age' despise. Snappy drums, pop production and a vocalist in the style of Ange's Christian Decamps but falling short in the emotion department; 'Indifference' has very little appeal despite a clutch of tracks including 'La P'tite Fille Aux Allumettes' and the gothic-lite of 'Au Bout Du Chemin' which in the hands of the mighty Marillion might have stood a chance. The band had the ability to do better as demonstrated on the Pink Floyd influenced instrumental 'Byzar' but overall and based on this album alone; it's difficult to understand why Musea would bother with Elixir at all.

In Summary
Apparently the band is still a going concern, releasing a 2005 disc 'Portraits' and the debut 'Sabbat' getting the mini-LP sleeve treatment recently. I'll probably pick the reissue up eventually, curiosity and all, but definitely shop around for the cheapest price possible. Fool me once.

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#1 | gdazegod on March 22 2011 00:16:27
Iris were another French prog band from this era.
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