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En août 2007 nous écoutions Radio Hélène dans la voiture quand on a passé une pub pour le festival de musique rock progressive à St Palais-sur-Mer (non loin de Royan sur la côte atlantique). On s'est dit: pourquoi pas, et le soir nous étions devant une scène bien équipée donnant sur l'estuaire de la Gironde. Dans le champ qui servait d'auditorium il y avait des stands qui vendaient des CDs, de quoi manger etc. Phideaux Xavier (qui donne son nom au groupe) se tenait derrière une table et vendait ses CDs. Il m'a dit que sa musique était inspiré par Jethro Tull et qu'il venait de faire son "chef d'oeuvre" Doomsday Afternoon. Bref, j'ai acheté ce CD et le lendemain soir on est revenus écouter leur concert.

C'était une vraie découverte pour nous. La musique de Phideaux est pleine de mélodies. On entend parfois Pink Floyd (des années 60-70), Camel, Bowie, Alan Parsons, Jethro Tull. Phideaux Xavier et ses amis ont déjà sorti cinq albums et Doomsday Afternoon est sans doute le meilleur. C'est un "concept album" dont le thème est la menace d'un désastre climatique. C'est en effet le second volet d'une trilogie dont le premier s'appelle The Great Leap. DA est le plus symphonique de ses albums et le seul où il a profité des services d'instrumentalistes du Los Angeles Symphony Orchestra. A noter les belles vocalises de Valerie Gracious, surtout dans la chanson "Crumble". C'est les instruments qui dominent sur l'album et Phideaux n'a pas peur de chansons longues.

Voici une critique de Cyrille Delanlssays qui exprime bien mon sentiment:

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