Ange

Fou!

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The 1980s haven't been good for any progressive rock band rooted in the late '60s to early '70s. Ange was no exception and most of their '80s production is very weak, but Fou! came as a surprise. The first half is very typical mid-'80s French pop/rock (implying badly aging production values) with singer Christian Decamps trading his '70s trademark theatrical phrasing for a more style-of-the-day performance. On the other hand, side B featured the title track, a 20-minute suite, the story of citizens calling themselves "crazy" getting rid of politicians (the "puppets"). Suddenly, songs get a little more complicated, instrumental passages go further than the cliche guitar solo, pieces segue, and a woman screams her pleasure at the end. The whole thing is done with humor and it is obvious Decamps and co. had a lot of fun recording this track. Even though the overall sound remains very '70s and the writing is as square as can be, Fou! has its moments, salvaging it from Ange's very average '80s production.

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