'Best of' from his 5 cd's.|
- Human [5:11]
- Closer [4:50]
- Deserts [7:36]
- Rorogwela [3:08]
- Home by the sea [5:15]
- Ballet [5:26]
- Falling Leaves [3:21]
- Violet [5:24]
- Docking [8:26]
- Geographic [6:15]
- Blue [4:16]
- Atmospheric Conditions [5:48]
- A state of mind [7:05]
- Earth [5:04]
In digipak with 8 page booklet.
About Frank van Bogaert’s last album "Closer" from 2004 the following was written: "Frank adds another highlight to his growing number of masterpieces. If you have heard one them, you would want them all!" If you (still) don’t want them all or if you are (still) not known with his music, the compilation-album "One Out Of Five" may be your solution.
Since his first solo album "Colours" from 1998 this Belgian composer, keyboard player and producer has grown into one of the most important players of melodic EM.
In the meantime he has made five albums: "Colours" (1997), "Geographic" (1999), "Docking" (2000), "Human" (2002) and "Closer" (2004).
"One Out Of Five" gives a very solid overview of what these albums have to offer. It counts as an introduction into Frank’s music; this is also why no extra tracks have been added. Frank loves a big and symphonic sound, one of the reasons that his music regularly is compared to that of Vangelis. For instance, the album opens with an almost Byzantine atmosphere in "Human". Melody is very important in Frank’s music. These melodies often have a slight euphoric undertone, like in highlights as "Deserts", "Ballet", "Violet" and "Atmospheric Conditions".
The cd is compiled excellently: so also Frank’s ethnic influences get a chance ("Rorogwela", "Home By The Sea", "Geographic"), as well as we hear his more intimate moments ("Falling Leaves", "Blue" and the wonderful piano piece "Earth").
For those who don’t have music of Frank in their cupboard: this is a great buy!
But in fact this also applies to those who already own all his cds.
Since his first solo album "Colours" in 1998 ,Belgian composer, keyboardplayer and producer Frank Van Bogaert has grown into one of the most important players of melodical EM. Up till now he has released five albums: "Colours" (1998), "Geographic" (1999), "Docking" (2000), "Human" (2002) and "Closer" (2004).
"One Out Of Five" is a compilation-cd presenting a very solid overview of what these albums have to offer. The CD is meant to be an introduction to Frank’s music; this is why no "previously unreleased" tracks have been added. Frank loves a big and symphonic sound, which is one of the reasons that his music is often compared to that of Vangelis.
For instance, the album opens with an almost Byzantine atmosphere in "Human". Melody is very important in Frank’s music. These melodies often have a slight euphoric undertone, like in highlights as "Deserts", "Ballet", "Violet" and "Atmospheric Conditions".
The cd is compiled in an excellent way, especially since it did not fail to incorporate Frank’s ethnic influences ("Rorogwela", "Home By The Sea", "Geographic"), as well as his pieces reflecting more intimate moments ("Falling Leaves", "Blue" and the wonderful pianopiece "Earth").
For those who still don’t have music of Frank in their cd–case this is a great buy! And this is also definitely true for those who already have all of his cds in their possession.
2006. Paul Rijkens / SonicImmersion.org
Just recieved this new compliation & it gives a good cross section Of this experianced artist. Nice rythmic ,Melodic pieces that make him a great contribution to the world of EM. some of the tracks just blew me away. Closer,Human & geographic
to name a few.
Worthy pruchase to your collection
2006. Geoffrey Keogh / Ireland (Dublin)
Does Belgium has its own Vangelis? No doubt that this is a quote quite some people would like to make fun of… until they hear this compilation of Frank van Bogaert’s music.
Loyal to his own work and regardless of any ‘commercial law’ whatsoever Frank has chosen only to put his own un-remixed material from former cd’s on this album. The result is a very well balanced compilation showing the most precious songs he’s ever published. The composer goes far beyond the endless repetitive sounds that are so characteristic for a lot of ambient music and proves that electronic music is still alive.
The music breathes a dreamy, exotic atmosphere, often supported by very driven percussion, going from soft and intimate to vast and magisterial. Especially in this latter range of sounds Frank reminds a lot of Vangelis without bringing a lesser quality than the master in this genre. Just listen to the first two tracks to understand what I’m talking about.
Choosing between Frank’s five albums is a difficult thing to do, but now the composer offers us the ideal solution; 77 minutes of high quality instrumental music to get acquainted with this great talent within the electronic genre.
2006. Luc Descamps / Prog-Nose
Nach der Veröffentlichung von fünf CDs zieht der Belgier Frank van Bogaert Ende 2005 ein Resümee und bringt eine Best Of-CD unter dem Titel „One Out Of Five" heraus. Frank hat mit der Zusammenstellung einige seiner schönsten Melodien auf dieses Album gebracht. Dabei ist er nicht in chronologischer Reihenfolge vorgegangen. Das führt auf dem Gesamtwerk aber nicht etwa zu einem Bruch. Nein vielmehr zeigt es, welche atmosphärische Dichte seine Songs haben und welch musikalische Finesse Frank besitzt.
Ich weiß, er will es nicht hören, aber für mich beweist er auch mit diesem Werk, dass er der belgische Vangelis ist. Das ist nicht abwertend gemeint, denn die einzelnen Tracks besitzen genug Eigenständigkeit. Und der vormals von Deep Forest interpretierte Song „Sweet Lullaby" kommt in Frank’s Titel „Rorogwela", den er schon auf „Closer" veröffentlichte, in einer sehr schönen Version daher.
Auch das Artwork des sechsseitigen Digipacks sowie das achtseitige Booklet mit Infos zu den Alben sind sehr schön gestaltet. Mit dieser CD kann sich jeder Freund elektronischer bzw. instrumentaler Musik einen Einblick in die Musikwelt von Frank machen.
Sie eignet sich besonders gut für Neueinsteiger, da sie die schönsten seiner Stücke auf einem Silberling vereint.
2006. Stephan Schelle
What are the reasons we love Frank Van Bogaert’s music ? Is it because it is very melodious & excellently composed or the fact that the music of this belgian composer is always varied & genuine ? Yes,but his creative work attracts me mostly because life gushes in Frank van Bogaert’s compositions. His music possesses a mighty inspired male origin which is always in perpetual motion and carries the listeners with it, spurring them to follow the composer’s creative conception with unflagging interest.
The "One out of Five" album includes compositions chosen from Frank’s five previous solo albums. One can really find the composer’s best pieces on it. I would call the composition "rorogwela", based on a Solomon islands’ folk melody ,a real highlight of the album (this tune is also known under the name "sweet lullaby" performed by Deep Forest). In my opinion the interpretation of this theme by the Belgian composer is more interesting & profound than that which is done by the famous Deep Forest.
The "One out of Five" album is characterized by well selected compositions. Besides it is full of energy. Advisedly Frank van Bogaert did not include previously unreleased tracks. He wanted to present a retrospective of his creative work just to give his listeners the opportunity to enjoy the best compositions chosen from all preceding albums. And this is quite a success. The compositions of this outstanding composer & performer make "One out of Five" a more than 77 minutes lasting experience of listening pleasure!
I would like to mention one more important particular feature of Frank van Bogaert’s music. Being very powerful and intense his music also has a romantic flair. It reflects a mature person standing strong in this world. .
2006. Serge Kozlovsky / Belarus
I often lump albums together under the melodic / rhythmic banner. What I tend to mean by this is music which is accessible, that even your friends might like, without compromising on sound Electronic Music credentials. Frank Van Bogaert fits that description perfectly. This is a 'Best Of' budget priced (at least at the time of writing this) compilation that well showcases this fantastically talented musician / tunesmith and as such is a perfect way of sampling his work.
Little wordless vocal touches mix with twangy sequence and foot tapping rhythms on the wonderful opener 'Human' from the album of the same name. A plucked string melody adds an irresistible joyful element. Like everything on this album it is all so tuneful but also easy to get on with.
'Closer' is the title track from his latest album and fairly cracks into life as static laden electronic fizzes mix with multi layered rhythms and melodies which you could actually hum. The pace picks up at just over the half way mark reaching ecstatic proportions. It's all so catchy and just bloody marvellous!
'Deserts' from 'Geographic' is based around a jaunty sequence accompanied by melodies which will stick in your head for a long time after the cd is out of the player. Very uplifting and exuberant music that would make a great theme tune to a sports programme.
'Rorogwela', from 'Closer' is a very gentle piece which slows the pace down a little, the restrained rhythms being of a faintly ethnic variety but with the most stunning piano melody. There is even something of a Scottish sounding flourish at the end! Over all it is fairly romantic I suppose but not overly smulchy.
'Home by the Sea', from 'Docking' starts appropriately with the sound of waves breaking on the shore then various ethnic sounds including flute and tabla type drums are introduced. The overall feel is a combination of East and West. Again, the lead lines are just irresistible. Even the rhythms are so damned catchy. The track builds and builds into quite a frenzy then comes down to a gentle calm conclusion for the last minute. It's just like having a quiet brandy on the veranda at the end of a day of partying.
'Ballet', from 'Human' is a curious title for a track that sounds anything but balletic. It starts relatively slowly but still powerfully. As we progress the pads and melodies begin to swell to epic proportions. I can just see if being used as a backdrop to some African nature programme.
I must admit that 'Falling Leaves' from 'Closer' does rather trip the SMD 'twee filter'. It is just too 'nice' for my tastes being mainly a short piano solo. I suppose people with more mainstream tastes might consider it to be a highlight of the album though.
'Violet', from 'Colours' begins with some ethnic chanting to which is added a beautiful slow melody bringing up images of lazy summer afternoons.
Dark undulating drones overlaid by all sorts of effects and swirling sounds get the title track from 'Docking' underway. At just under three minutes a jaunty sequence starts up and we get some brief snippets of heavily vocoded speech. The drums come in at the same time as a gorgeous melody played on plucked strings. The contrast between such beautiful optimistic music and the darkness of the first couple of minutes couldn't be more marked. Those that like a good, almost lyrical, tune will just love this. At six minutes the pace starts to quicken and the whole sound becomes even more powerful but still retaining the melodic quality of before.
On 'Geographic' warbling atmospherics make way for a great melody. We then get American Indian style chanting which does rather bring to mind a multitude of other CDs using the same sort of sample but it isn't just chucked in for the sake of it, it fits very well with the driving rhythm and the whole mood of the track. When the chant momentarily disappears a beautiful piano melody takes the lead role.
'Blue', from 'Colours' starts with a repeated melodic refrain to which is added a chugging rhythm. It develops into a lovely dreamy number.
'Atmospheric Conditions', from 'Human' uses the sound of a rainy, stormy night as a backdrop for tuneful colouring with a slight oriental feel to it. Then in come vast drum flourishes and the track really takes off with looped angelic vocal effects in the middle of the mix softening slightly the wonderful rhythmic salvos. Exciting stuff!
'A State of Mind', from 'Docking' is slow paced but again jaunty and rhythmic. It has some spoken vocals low in the mix which work very well in the overall context of the piece.
We finish with 'Earth' and for the first few seconds it sounded just like a cover of 'Chariots of Fire' but the piano melody turns out to be very different- an absolutely fantastic 'tune' nevertheless which I defy anyone not to like.
I don't believe anyone can learn to create music as beautiful and 'stay in the head' as this. It is a gift that few have but boy does Frank have it! The lucky sod.
"One Out of Five" is a sampler of previously released material with no exclusive tracks, but it's still interesting to review, as it contains a couple of tracks from Frank's first album "Colours" that I haven't heard.
The title track from "Human" was chosen as the opener and if you've read my review of that album you probably remember my emotions about that release. The track (and the album as a whole) is certainly a creative pinnacle for Frank and this track is really one of those pieces that grab me by their sheer power and interesting improvisations. Listening to this majestic track again is like visiting a good old friend. For convenience I'll give each track a number of stars and this one here is a healthy five-star number.
Another title track follows, this time it's the one from his latest album "Closer". Great melodic theme, piano and Vangelis-like bass synth lines. It gets four stars out of five in my book.
Next track is "Deserts" from "Geographic". An uplifting theme with symphonic synths, great rhythms and rich sounds is what this track is about. Some mysterious moments are present as well. In the liner notes Frank says that "Deserts" is his favourite track on "Geographic" and I have to say he has a damn fine taste! Five stars out of five.
"Rorogwela" is an adaptation of traditional melody from Solomon Islands that first appeared on "Closer". Very moving and, dare I say it, gentle number. Simple, emotional beauty. Five stars out of five.
"Home By the Sea" from "Docking" is a relaxing melodic number with flute, waves, slow-paced rhythms and stuff. It's a good track but, in my opinion, a bit lacking in originality. Three stars out of five.
"Ballet" from "Human" is, once again, an instant five-star number. Well, as you already guessed, I value this album quite highly and consider nearly everything from it to be genial or near-genial. The track has a flair of "Conquest"-era Vangelis but it's so much better than anything the Big 'V' created during those years, it's amazing!
"Falling Leaves" is an autumnal piece with a touch of sadness taken from "Closer" that easily gets five stars again - it's so subtle and evocative, there're few pieces like this one.
"Violet" is the first one of two pieces present on this album that were taken from Frank's first official release "Colours". It's much more "typical EM" than what was heard on following albums and contains very little of that "World Music" touch that became prominent since "Geographic". For now I'll give this relaxing, rhythmic and melodic track (that's very reminiscent of Vangelis, by the way) four stars out of five, but I'm sure it will grow on me.
The title track from "Docking" could be my favourite Van Bogaert track of them all and, needless to say, this cosmic masterpiece (that wins the prize for some of the best sequences ever created) can only get five big stars out of five! Simply stunning! Feel the groove and tell me, aren't those pulsations gorgeous? The title track from "Geographic" is a complete contrast to the previous track - it's got none of the darkness and none of the subtlety of "Docking", going for triumphant and uplifting pomp in ethno-pop mould instead. It's a nice track but only three stars out of five for me. I must especially note the introduction for the nice sounds and atmosphere.
>"Blue" is another track from Frank's first album "Colours". It's quite reflective and, again, different from Frank's recent endeavors. Great to dream or relax to. Five stars.
>"Atmospheric Conditions" is another winner from "Human". This track is completely improvised and you should know by now that I absolutely love Frank's improvisations. Feel like trying to guess how many stars this one gets? Yep, you guessed it, it's good ol' five out of five! One of the best Van Bogaert tracks of them all.
"A State of Mind" from "Docking" could be described as Frank's vocal track. By "vocal" I mean half-singing half-whispering, not a full-blown song. It's a serene composition that, unfortunately, is not among my favourites, so it gets only three stars out of five.
Finally, "Earth" from "Geographic" closes this compilation album on an uplifting note. It's one of those songs that have a prominent "World Music" and ethno-pop influence. Not exactly my type of music and, therefore, three stars only.
"One Out of Five" is a good compilation for those who want to sample Frank's excellent work before buying his "normal" albums.
2006. Artemi Pugachov / Encyclopedia of Electronic Music
Thanks so very much for the two best cds in my library. Frank V. B. is so much the very best groove in there baby. It is so hot! The cd art is fantastic, the soundscapes are intricately full and projectile. He is an incredibly progressive musician with a depth unparalleled. world beat, symphonic , electronic, chill out a must for any club lounge with balls.
I moods, Frank has a magnetic and intensifying air of electro-magnetism with increasing strength keeping you attentive to the next musical mood swing into another. nice long tracks that could go on all night.
In there with the best also my friends.
2006. flyingman / WAWL Chattanooga State (USA)
This is a compilations album that gathers a selection of pieces from different albums by Frank van Bogaert. Quite a number of the distinct aspects in his style appear in this compilation: from the Ambient to the dynamic vein nearing to Synth-Pop and Space Sequencer, all that dominated by the imaginative presence of synthesizers.
"One out to five" contains true musical jewels. It would be unfair to point out at any given one of the tracks: just enjoy each one of them.
Met zijn fantasierijke, zeemzoete synthesizermuziek wordt Frank Van Bogaert al eens de Vlaamse Vangelis genoemd. Die vergelijking houdt steek, want met zijn zogenaamde EM ('Electronic Music') doolt de man al zo'n vijf platen lang in fantasialand. Het budgetvriendelijke 'One Out of Five' overloopt even de hoogtepunten van de 8–jarige carričre van deze eigenaar van de ACE Studios in Aartselaar.
Hoewel, 'even'? In meer dan 77 minuten laat de synth-meester Oosterse en Westerse culturen samenvloeien en combineert hij met verve typische jaren '70 klanken met moderne en diepgaande effecten.
De voorliefde voor kenmerkende muziek ŕ la Vangelis, Jean-Michael Jarre of Klaus Schulze wordt niet onder stoelen of banken gestoken. Met een half geopend oor lijken de tunes van 'Chariots of Fire' of 'Conquest of Paradise' voortdurend op de loer te liggen. Gelukkig vervalt Frank Van Bogaert niet in clichés. Een diep liggende ondertoon van etnische ritmes (ontleend aan Deep Forest en ERA) schenkt deze veelgelaagde muziek een fijne extra dimensie. Vooral in zijn latere werk vormt dit een organisch en warm geheel van magische muziek.
Opener 'Human' wordt zo'n vijf minuten voortgedreven door een stuwende loop die wat weg heeft van een geforceerde ademhaling. Zacht strelend gitaarwerk en wegdraaiende effecten verhogen de spanningsfactor, terwijl zwevende klanken toch weer rust brengen. Een kluwen van emoties is wel meermaals aanwezig. Zo biedt deze cd een mooi evenwicht tussen pathetische, introverte en romantische nummers. Een veelgelaagd tapijt van synthesizergolven vermengt zich moeiteloos met schijnbaar live ingespeelde instrumentale partijen en vormt zo een te genieten dynamiek. Toch wringt er af en toe wat in het geluidsspectrum van Van Bogaert. Té verouderde geluiden of melodietjes blijven teruggrijpen naar de begin jaren'80-periode.
Het open bloeiende 'Desert' probeert een net iets té goed gevoel op te roepen en nummers als 'Ballet' golven maar wat sfeervol op en neer zonder echt te overtuigen.
Ook het traag omwentelende en rollende 'Violet' is weinig opzichtig met zijn tikkende ritme en daar voegen sjamanenzangen helaas weinig aan toe.
Als songs zoals 'Docking' of 'A State of Mind' dan nog afklokken op 7 ŕ 8 minuten, wordt het van dit alles een beetje teveel.
'One Out of Five' geeft een mooi en zeker lang genoeg overzicht van het werk van dit miskend Belgisch talent. Frank Van Bogaert weet in zijn muziekstijl boeiende, doordachte en fantasierijke muziek te brengen. Electronic Music is, omwille van zijn veroudering, echter nog een zelden bewandelde muzikale weg. Het bewust werken met primitieve elektronische synthesizerklanken spreekt de inventiviteit van de cd wat tegen waardoor 'consumeren in kleine hapjes' een goede boodschap lijkt.
2006. Johan Giglot
Undoubtedly the best of this particular bunch is Frank Van Bogaert's 'best of' entitled "One Out Of Five" which brings together tracks from all his albums to date (as chosen by various admirers of his work).
Such is Frank's mastery and skill that this was always going to be an essential album, proving once again that here is the man who stole Vangelis' crown (a well-used comparison that Frank refers to in the detailed sleevenotes!) and with so many wonderful pieces of music to his credit, surely nobody can doubt that he is a worthy successor to the Greek maestro, in fact, this is a virtually faultless collection of music which, along with the excellent artwork & a nice booklet makes this an album that no self-respecting EM fan should be without.
One Out of Five, the Best of Frank Van Bogaert refers to, Frank Van Bogaert culling his five cds into one super package. That is the correct term for this disc that features some of the most melodic electronica of this – or that – millennium.
That has been Frank's forte for years. He has demonstrated an uncanny sense of the acoustic and melodic and their interrelationships with sequenced electronica. These 14 compositions have defined structures, consistent rhythms and elegant airs. Each stands on its own merits as it sown soundscape.
The disc has more than that, too! The timeless nature of Frank's compositional style allows these pieces to fit together seamlessly. Each of the original CD's has its own thematic integrity. The elegance of these pieces give this disc its own integrity as well. It is, indeed, Frank's sixth soundworld.
Given the right timing and an open-minded market, this cd could be a solid new age/electronica crossover. The contemporary timbres are smooth and easy. Unfortunately, the market is often mindless so open-minded is not an option. Thus, it remains for fans of this genre to appreciate the beauty of Frank's music.
Jim Brenholts / Ambient Visions
St ední v k není obvyklou startovní arou pro zapo etí hudební kariéry. Výjimky potvrzují pravidlo v ka dém oboru a ne jinak je tomu i v hudební bran i. Podívejme se na takového Franka Van Bogaerta. Ne, e by ho hudba ne ivila ji n jakou dobu, ale spíš ne hudebníka-um lce bychom ho mohli p ezdít na výkonnou hudební myš, která tvo í polotovary pro jiné a seká muziku na zakázku jako Ba a cvi ky. Nenapln ným ambicím ovšem neporu íš. Po letech psaní vlastních kousk do šuplíku p išlo dlouhodobé dohadování s hudebními majory, kte í by Frankovo dít vid li tuhle trochu jiné, támhle o malinko víc p ijatelné pro hudební mainstream, a nakonec záv re ný ortel zn l: "je to p íliš elektronické". To však m e rozlo it za ínajícího muzikanta, nikoli ost íleného kozáka, jakým je tento Belgi an.
V roce 1998 si tedy vydává debut Colours vlastním nákladem a hned získává n kolik cen od organizací specializujících se na elektronickou muziku (zem Beneluxu mají elektronickou muziku za ranou pod k í ji od 70. let a scéna v t chto zemích se s tou naší nedá v bec srovnat). Po roce následuje druhá deska Geographic, která jen potvrzuje Frankovo postavení na scén . Jeho svrchovan melodické a p ístupné pojetí elektronických instrumentálek mu vyneslo srovnání s mistrem oboru Vangelisem.
Oba pánové mají rádi bohat proaran ované monumentální kousky a i jejich intimn jší lyrické opusy jsou podány podobn lehkou rukou.
T etí album následuje v roce 2000 a jmenuje se Docking. Hloubav jší CD s temn jší atmosférou nep ináší tak velké prvotní pozdvi ení jako ta p edchozí, ale to se dalo popravd e eno ekat. I tvrté album Human p inese posun jiným sm rem. Tentokrát jsme sv dky brat ení tradi ní elektroniky s v tší p ím sí world music element. Posledním, pátým adovým albem je kolekce z p edlo ského roku Closer s pro zm nu jazzov jším feelingem. Stále se ovšem bavíme o nanejvýš melodické elektronické muzice s ambiciózním, vymazleným zvukem. Pokud byste na základ této recenze rádi koukli panu Bogaertovi blí na zoubek, práv vyšlá trnácti polo ková best of kompilace, která shrnuje to nej z jeho osmileté sólové kariéry, je tím nejlepším vstupním portálem do barevn elektronického, jednoduše p ístupného sv ta tohoto zajímavého hudebníka.
Pavel Zelinka / Radio Akropolis
Nella marea di pubblicazioni della Groove c'č sempre spazio per "artigiani della musica cosmica", pochi ma buoni, che smanettano con il cuore dietro le manopole dei loro avveniristici synths e sequencers. Uno di questi č Frank Van Bogaert, che celebra un periodo di onorata carriera con una bella raccolta, che seleziona il meglio della sua decennale attivitŕ. E' anche l'occasione per l'etichetta olandese per sfoderare una confezione lussuosa, un packaging con foto e immagini suggestive.
Da "Human" a "Earth", passando per "Rorogwela" e "Docking", questa antologia passa in rassegna il meglio dell'autore, che non dimentica di scrivere alcune note di presentazione per i suoi album. Si tratta di una selezione da 5 dischi, da "Colours" del 1998 a "Closer" del 2004: premesso che la bellezza di queste opere va assaporata ascoltando ogni singolo lp, "One out of five" č una vetrina per comprendere lo stile e la poetica dell'autore, che con disinvoltura ed eleganza amalgama suoni digitali e analogici, elettronici e acustici, melodia e atmosfera, ritmo e spazialitŕ dei suoni.
L'elettronica di Frank č debitrice della scuola berlinese ma anche di grandi demiurghi come Vangelis e Jarre, come gli stessi Arkenstone e Perrino, tuttavia non dimentica un certo eclettismo, grazie al quale i brani incorporano frammenti new age e world music, inflessioni jazz e pop, grandi affreschi orchestrali e in particolare gli slanci melodici, il vero marchio di fabbrica di questo sincero musicista.
As the name suggests, this compilation is culled from Frank Van Bogaert’s five CDs, from Colours in 1998 to Closer in 2004. No bonus tracks, no remixes, just fan and personal favorites. Even so, those who already own the entire back catalog may want to have this, for the new arrangement of tracks and for the absolutely beautiful artwork and detailed booklet. If you haven’t had the pleasure of hearing Frank’s music before, of course this is a perfect place to start.
The disc opens right in the middle with the title track from 2002’s Human. The trademark Van Bogaert sound is on full display – the concise composing, the blend of electronic and acoustic-sounding elements, and the ever-accessible hummable melody, always brimming with emotion and a touch of majesty.
"Closer" is next, and already an even flow is established in the new ordering of tracks. I’ve always loved the toe-tapping rhythms, and they are just as effective here.
Next is "Deserts," which was the top vote-getter for the compilation, and it’s easy to hear why, from the elegant understated beginning to the uplifting majestic main theme.
"Rorogwela" is also perfectly placed, its soft piano nicely mellowing things out after three powerful tracks.
Which is a good thing, because we ramp up again with the powerful drumming and upbeat melody of "Home By The Sea". And so it goes, from one strong track to another, flowing easily from upbeat to moderate to down tempo and back up again.
For the already converted, it’s a fresh perspective on old favorites. For the uninitiated, prepare to be drawn in to the lush sound worlds of Frank Van Bogaert.
2006. Phil Derby / Electroambient Space
Belgian composer and synthesist Frank Van Bogaert’s latest CD, One Out of Five, is a greatest hits collection that brings together tracks from his five previous cds, Colours (1998), Geographic (1999), Docking (2000), Human (2002) and Closer (2004).
Bogaert’s music is in the symphonic electronica tradition of synth artists like Vangelis, Jean-Michel Jarre and Deep Forest. Bogaert uses primarily synth sounds, augmented with samples and some traditional instrumentation, and layers them to give his music symphonic variety and scope. In particular, his use of CS-80 style sounds and timpani build on Vangelis’ idea of a synth orchestral palette.
Van Bogaert’s music also draws upon world influences. Van Bogaert uses the sound of instruments from around the world, world-music samples and even does a version of Rorogwela, a traditional folk melody of the Solomon Islands that was made popular by Deep Forest as Sweet Lullaby.
Highlights of One Out of Five include Human, a grooving synth-jam reminiscent of Vangelis’ Soil Festivities; Deserts, a melodic track that starts with a simple string melody and builds to a climax that combines world vocal snippets and bagpipe-like synthwork; Home by the Sea, a new age piece that starts with the sound of a penny-whistle over surf and then takes a tour of world instruments and sounds; and Geographic, a piece that starts with hymn-like grandeur and then moves to a driving world-music second section.
One Out of Five showcases Van Bogaert’s flair for tasteful arrangement of folk-like melodies and also his ear for synth orchestration. Though the cd clocks in at over an hour, it manages to be full of variety and will probably inspire many listeners to want to dig into his back catalog.
In addition to the music, it’s worth noting that Van Bogaert provides an elegant package for the cd, with an 8-page booklet full of beautiful images.
As far as I could tell, the cd doesn’t include any unreleased tracks, so Van Bogaert fans will have to wait for his next release to get a fix of new music. We’ll be looking forward to it.
Frank Van Bogaert’s cd, One Out of Five, is an excellent introduction to his music, and Van Bogaert has chosen his tracks and sequenced them to make a satisfying stand-alone cd, too.
The Belgian musician Frank Van Bogaert devised a novel way of deciding what tracks should go on this excellently-presented 'Best Of' collection. He simply allowed his fans to vote for them, making this probably the most democratic album you'll ever hear!
As the title suggests, this brings together tracks from the five albums that FVB had released up until that point (a sixth, Nomads, has seen the light of day since) &, as such, acts as a good guide to his career to date.
Frank's music has been compared to Vangelis countless times (something which Frank alludes to with a kind of humorous resignation on the detailed inner sleeve notes) & not without good reason as his music is easily able to equal that of the Greek maestro in terms of grandiose romanticism, spirit-lifting majesty & sheer, heart-melting beauty, as proven by the opening 'Human' where the expertly-executed melodics are embellished by tympanic flourishes while the voice samples (that are not totally dissimilar to Jarre's Zoolook) add the human element alluded to by the title & which hint at the strong ethnic presence that played such a prominent role on the album of the same name. This is expanded on by 'Rorogwela' which is based on a traditional song from The Soloman Islands (& was originally known as Sweet Lullaby by Deep Forest), where the initially serene & romantic mood is heightened as the music gains power, culminating in a rousing climax that will make your heart soar!
The more melancholic 'Falling Leaves' provides something of an emotional contrast which might make this one to listen to while ruminating on a love lost! That each track is able to evoke such vivid feelings speaks volumes for FVB's compositional skills, so much so that tracks such as 'Ballet' with its lovely main theme & 'Home By The Sea', where the strong rhythms add real emotion to the initially restful mood, could easily have been the theme to some Hollywood blockbuster (or even a good film, arf!). Likewise the piano work that makes the more up-tempo 'Closer' one of the album's highlights simply has to be heard to be believed, working in unison with the infectious chordal work which graces the chorus & which takes the piece to new dynamic heights & even if those tracks taken from his debut album Colours, namely 'Violet' & 'Blue' (titles that provided little indication of the grandiose music to be found therein!) don't quite match the expertise of the later pieces a good many electronic musicians would still give their right arms to produce something as good.
The album comes to a close via the Vangelis-like bass line heralds "Earth" & some effective piano work too in there too that takes the lead on this fine closing piece, good melodics again showing his skills to fine effect & proving once again that the music of this talented musician is a force to be reckoned with if you like expertly-crafted music that touches your heart with its sheer exuberance & joyful majesty.
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La Belgique a toujours eu une certaine réputation dans le domaine de l'électronique, le plus connu de tous étant sans doute Telex, mais plus souvent dans le créneau de la pop dite "facile". Au niveau des artistes de fond, Frank Van Bogaert doit ętre l'arbre qui cache le bosquet (encore qu'un jour, je vous parlerai de Syndromeda). Mais quel arbre! Depuis qu'il a décidé de se consacrer ŕ la musique qu'il aimait sans aucune concession, le citoyen d'Aartselaar a engendré 5 albums qui le placent en filiation directe avec un certain Vangelis, quoique comprenant énormément d'apports personnels, ce qui rend sa musique identifiable entre toutes.
Que ce soit le précurseur Colours (1998), le magnifique Geographic (1999), le plus sombre Docker (2000), le plus accessible Human (2002) et l'intimiste Closer (2004), tous les albums sont représentés sur cette compilation dont les morceaux ont été choisis par Frank, en tenant des goűts de son public.
En tout cas, un excellent moyen d'aborder ce grand artiste.
2010. LouLou / Prog-résiste