Just as I’d published my francophone round-up. here comes a new review from France’s most widely-read daily newspaper Ouest-France – and it’s another corker.

Under the headline of the “Epic return of the unclassifiable”, the review states:

“He [Patton] can be crooner or crier, suave or hysterical, he has the talent intact. Mike Patton, slick singer and his band Faith No More, have made the return we did not dare hope for. 18 years separate Album Of The Year – an arid disk delivered by musicians out of breath – and Sol Invictus. Look no further: the real return of rock, dripping with talent and creative fantasy, is here. 40 minutes flat.

“It is this magic found in Sol Invictus, with a relief and quality worthy of Angel Dust and King For A Day, their two treasures. “With any luck, it does not sound like a meeting of old fiftysomethings… which is what we are”,” laughs keyboardist Roddy Botum in an interview with Rolling Stone. The break was a salvation. The return is full of hope.”