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5.0 out of 5 stars Department S...a sad story for such a good band..., 4 Jun. 2011
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This review is from: SUB-STANCE (Audio CD)
The story of the group Department S is really sad. They really had a high potential.....A nice name ,unforgettable and immediate singles (is Vic There, going left right, monte Carlo or bust), a charismatic singer voice....and then nothing.... off the air , for certainly stupid or tragical reasons.After the issue of going left right, I remember waiting for their first album for months and the heard in a belgian rock magazine, that they had split; what a disappointment!!!!! The album material has been issued on a CD entitled "Is Vic There?" in 1993...which I grabbed compulsevely and on the sleeve's notes, I could read that Vaughn Toulouse was sadly deceased at this time. The group has recently reformed and is touring ...I've seen them live and needless to say that they do not approach by far the level of their unique valuable album. So don't bother for this new reincarnation but instead go for this "Sub-stance". It has the same immediacy as their singles, is sometimes very funky (fighting irish, somewhere between heaven and tesco's ,strangely A Certain ratio -like in the breaks, which is a very good thing to my ears). One is left speechless when conceiving that such brilliant material was left untouched for years and reappears only now under the original form and name.What's also surprising is that most of the songs have aged well in their original recordings and sound much better than what the present version of Department S presents in concert. Some things are still missing on this CD (the Italian and French versions of Vic, the italian was on the 1993 CD, and the PEEL sessions) but OK we can only be happy that "Sub-stance" has reappeared now and this time for good.
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Initial post: 20 Jun 2012 22:49:04 BDT
Peel sessions here : http://soundcloud.com/lost-follower

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Jun 2012 19:10:38 BDT
as says:
thanks a lot
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