I guess this album is overlooked as this isn't a progressive rock and really more of a singer-songwriter sounding folk rock album. Hence prog-heads prefer Si on avait besoin d'une cinquieme saison and L'Heptade more than this album. I mean I basically ignored this debut album before today because of this.
Well it may not be a great prog rock album but it is a great folk rock album as it's probably the strongest set of melodies and songwriting craftsmanship I've heard over predominantly acoustic guitar backing I've heard. Maybe it isn't the best folk rock album of all time (is it better than Dylan?) but it certainly the most melodic and the most hummable vocal melodies folk rock album ever written. Combined this with a) a gifted vocalist b) acoustic guitar playing with some serious chops that creates brilliant instrumental break c) bass player that is independently melodic and can follow as much as d) brilliant usage of the flugelhorn (isn't the ending of the title track awesome) e) No repetitive lyric focus bullshit that permeates the folk genre. Very well paced songs that varies in intensity and most of the song has an emotional peak.
This album is just as good as "Si on avait besoin d'une cinquième saison".
The first 13/15 since my return to rock music. Great acoustic based pop music.