Boud Deun — Fiction and Several Days
(EHP020, 1995, CD)
by Mike McLatchey, Published 1996-03-01
If it wasn't for Cuneiform you could practically count the number of truly experimental modern American progressives on one hand, which is truly disappointing. Most US groups seem to stick to the symphonic pop rock style like Echolyn or Spock's Beard and very rarely does a band like Boud Deun stand out from the rest. I can unequivocally say that this is the best American progressive release this year, with a quartet of guitar, bass, violin, and drums that is one technically superb outfit. I suppose the strongest influence must be classic Mahavishnu Orchestra with its blazing guitar/violin interplay. Boud Deun usually play with a high paced intensity, passion, and great fusion drumming that keeps the music exciting and fresh. Boud Deun also have a very European feel, while not sounding like any in particular, show similarities with Magma, Univers Zero, Transit Express, Lockwood's Surya, and various other French fusion groups. Boud Deun are good at developing their themes, which should say a lot for their music. In general, their tracks are rather short which means they get to the point, have their say, and move on. While Boud Deun have made a solid debut, the best part is that they'll only get better which bouds well for the future. Boud Deun are sure to impress all but the pickiest; this is a fine release and highly recommended.
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