Cro Magnon — Bull?
(Lowlands LOW 008, 1996, CD)
by Peter Thelen, Published 1997-05-01
It's been a few seasons since Cro Magnon's debut CD Zapp! This long-awaited follow-up picks up where the first left off, but adds a bit more variety and electricity to the mix. The basic lineup is a five-piece of bass, two violins, saxes, and a fifth member who handles just about everything else: electric guitars, keyboards, mandolin, samplers, percussion, etc. There's also a long list of guests contributing everything from trumpets and marimbas to cello and occasional drums and vocals. Belgium is famous for producing bands that play what's come to be known as chamber rock, what with Julverne, Univers Zero, Present, DAA, Art Zoyd (OK, I know they're not Belgian, but they sound like they are...). Most of these bands are aligned somewhere along the classical to rock axis, with Julverne probably being the most 'classical'. What separates Cro Magnon from the others is their pop, jazz, and folk influences, and a propensity for less 'heavy' material. Simply put, their music is a lot of fun.
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