France, 1972, avant-folk / progressive folk / psychedelic rock

Catherine Ribeiro + AlpesPaix

I read someone calling Ribeiro’s style “declamatory”. Yeah, that’s a good way to describe it. And I love her style. To me, it’s also almost religious, one of those voices where you feel like you’re listening on sacred ground, or perhaps sacred space, since this album blasts off into strange realms beyond folk. Side B is one long poem set to music, a poem in which the narrator is courted by Death, accepts its embrace by killing herself, only to find that the afterlife is just like here: full of war and injustice. The narrator therefore begs Death to send her back to earth so she can enjoy all its pleasures.

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