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Magma — Merci
(Seventh Records 274 1708, 1984/2009, CD)

by Rob Walker, Published 1995-11-01

Merci Cover art

With a seven year hiatus since Magma's previous studio album, Merci finds Vander pushing a completely new sound for the band. The influence of early 80s pop music is fairly strong here; gated drums, synth bass and dance rhythms abound. More traditional song structures are employed by Vander, and the Kobaïan language is gone, with French and English lyrics taking its place. The vocals and harmonies are still often reminiscent of 70s Magma, but the gospel twist which was introduced on Attahk has become much more pronounced. René Garber's 11-minute track "Elephas Levi" comes the closest to evoking the spirit of classic Magma, but lacks the fire and emotion of the earlier works.


Filed under: Reissues, Issue 8, 2009 releases, 1984 recordings

Related artist(s): Magma, Christian Vander / Offering, Patrick Gauthier, Jean-Luc Chevalier, Simon Goubert

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