|21 Mar 2017||Quadrifonic|
Susprisingly (at least to me) Le Livre Blanc is the first album I have heard by Jean-Pierre Louveton (JPL) including his other projects. Because of that I cannot compare his solo music to that of his other bands.
I would qualify the songs on Le Livre Blanc as pretty much varied in styles, even though the skilfull and elegant guitar playing of Louveton is all over this excellent album. The genres featured range from straight Hard Rock (''Un livre ouvert''), Symphonic Prog (''Jehanne'') or Folk Rock (''Trompe la mort''), and more. The album ends with a melodic instrumental (''Le livre blanc'') that would not be out of place on a Steve Hackett record.
I must say that I am quite impressed by Le Livre Blanc. Like I wrote above, Louveton explores a variety of genres, but there is a continuity to the whole affair. Even though it is not a concept album, Le Livre Blanc is an album that gains in being listened to from beginning to end. This is something shared with recent albums by Steve Hackett, or with late nineties Porcupine Tree (i.e. Lightbulb Sun). What is also shared with Hackett and PT is the very good production of this CD. Louveton does most of the singing. His voice is a mixture of John Wesley and Daran (i.e. French Pop Rock musician now living in Montréal). His guitar playing varies from song to song but John Wesley would certainly be an acceptable reference.
I truely enjoyed this album by JPL and I will certainly check out his back catalogue. I personnally think Le Livre Blanc should be added to any Prog fan's music collection. It's that good!! ''Le Livre Blanc est très certainement un excellent album de JPL''.