Mike McLatchey 7-September-2002 Les Chants De l'Eternité

Eternité was the project of keys player Michel Le Francois and vocalist/lyricist Claude Peloquin, an effort of symphonic rock that is often quoted as one of the better Canadian obscurities in the style. As a late 70s act, Eternité performed a music that had its nods to symphonic rock, psychedelic/space music and even an obvious glance to Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon and Alan Parsons. The keyboard presence, naturally, is huge here with just about every analog keyboard in the book making its presence. The vocals are split between male and female, and there are often some pretty big moments with choirs. The music is almost definitive symphonic rock although the prevalence of keyboards gives it a spacey feel that reminds me slightly of similar efforts from Rundgren's Utopia (think of Steve Hillage L here as well). Occasionally the music will verge on the insipidly mainstream, particularly on a couple pieces with female vocal leads that remind me slightly of Rumours-period Fleetwood Mac, but fortunately these moments do anything but dominate the mood of the album. Unsurprisingly, the lyrical concept is redolent of post-hippie era new ageisms, although such a thing seems a lot more dated now that it must have had the time. The whole thing is wrapped up to sound huge, big keyboards, big vocal sections, dramatic/romantic melodic themes and the works. It generally works quite well despite the caveats given and is certainly a good place to go for those exploring the Quebecois symphonic rock scene of the late 70s.

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