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Drawing back a bit from the intensity of the live From Lausanne Switzerland, Swiss emo-punks Favez strike a balance between that album's electric edge and the quieter, more acoustic songs on the two studio albums that preceded it. Bellefontaine Avenue shows the group branching out musically, opening the excellent single "Emmanuel Hall" with a long, churchy organ solo before launching into a spirited, downright poppy song with a more hopeful vibe than much of their earlier work. Elsewhere, "Times Were High" adds an almost psychedelic haze and a hard-rocking '70s boogie riff, "It's a Hit" recalls the tongue-in-cheek pop of early Weezer and "Heavy Metal 10" has the goofy parodic charm of Teenage Fanclub. A varied and smart album, Bellefontaine Avenue has the strength to break the European quartet beyond their still-miniscule American following.


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

The five piece of Favez originally played under the moniker of the Favez Disciples before shortening their name in 1997. Based out of Lausanne, Switzerland, vocalist Chris Wicky and company brought a brooding presence to their guitar-driven indie rock, as captured on their 1998 debut album, J'aime Beaucoup Ce Que Vous Faites. After recording their second album, A Sad Ride on the Line Again, in a church, Doghouse Records released Favez's third album, Gentlemen Start Your Engines in 2000. Enlisting...
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