Alpes / Catherine Ribeiro


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Libertes? follows a similar path to Catherine Ribeiro's earlier records with the group les Alpes. The band tends to rock out more on this one, with bass and drums more prominent in the mix, though the music retains much of the cosmic spaciousness of earlier works. The standout is the side-long opus, "Poeme Non Epique N. III," where, after a lengthy instrumental passage, Ribeiro delivers some raw, emotional poetry with an intensity that threatens to explode at any moment while drum clatter and keyboard squalls create a choppy-sea backdrop. Toward the end, the group kicks into off-kilter rock while Ribeiro is on the verge of screaming as she belts out the final lyrics. As for the rest, there's the rocking "Parle-Moi d'un Homme Heureux," the slightly slower and creepier "Un Infinie Tendresse," as well as "Prelude Medieval," which has some odd wordless chanting from Ribeiro. On all of these, the music is closer to progressive rock than the cosmic folk songs of earlier albums, and Ribeiro matches the energy of the band well. "Qui a Parle de Fin," on the other hand, is just Ribeiro reciting poetry in a near whisper with no musical accompaniment.