Various Artists

No More...No Mouroir

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No More...No Mouroir is a compilation album put together by the French label In Poly Sons as a form of engagement into the post-September 11, 2001, political sphere. A protest against war of any kind and from any side, the CD benefits unspecified non-governmental organizations through its sales. The artists who agreed to give some of their music for free make up a cross-section of the label's roster: Pascal Comelade, Pierre Bastien, Klimperei, Toupidek Limonade, Guigou Chenevier's Les Batteries, L'Ensemble Rayé, and AA Kismet. The eight-page booklet was illustrated by six artists, including Nuvish, Caroline Sury, and Robert Wyatt, who also sings a very stripped-down version of "Dondestan." The styles covered range from the naïve instrumental tunes of Comelade and Klimperei (Toupidek Limonade doesn't hesitate to dive into bona fide childishness) to the avant alternative rock of AA Kismet (with Bob Drake on board). The best contributions come from the latter, Comelade, and Wyatt's poignant song, with the single line "Afghanistan's a country, or at least it used to be." Disappointments include L'Ensemble Rayé's lifeless "Flammes & Co. II" and the leftovers from Klimperei (who can do much better; witness the duo's collaborative CD with Frank Pahl released only three months earlier). In short, like all compilation albums, this one has its ups and downs, but in the end it works well, especially if you want to try out what could be referred to as the "other French touch."