Category: French Pop

Phoenix – United

Phoenix – United       Jason Birchmeier: ‘On their debut album for Astralwerks/Source, Phoenix applies a slick electronica aesthetic to traditional pop/rock songwriting, resulting in a quite adventurous album capable of re-organizing perceptions about 1980s-style verse-chorus-verse guitar pop. Of course, the fact that the group members come from France gives them the necessary perspective […]

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Noir Désir – Des visages des figures

      Sergey Mesenov: ‘Des Visages des Figures, the sixth studio album by French bad-boy guitar band Noir Désir, turned out to be their last. It was released in 2001 and featured a considerably quieter and more stripped-down version of Noir Désir’s brand of fiery and angular guitar rock. The album went to number […]

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Ange – Au dela du delire

Ange – Au dela du delire Philippe Margotin: ‘Propulsé au sommet du rock symphonique français avec Le Cimetière des arlequins, Ange poursuivait sa route avec ce troisième album, sorti en 1974. Concept-album qui retrace “l’incroyable aventure de Godevin le vilain, qui traversa les siècles avec la connaissance pour devenir premier Noé sans eaux, le roi des […]

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Télépopmusik – Genetic World

Télépopmusik – Genetic World AMG review:  This debut outing by French techno craftsmen Fabrice Dumont, Stephan Haeri, and Christophe Hetier is a lounge lizard’s idea of heaven. Among the many intriguing elements stitched between the subtle dance beats are sultry female spoken-word snippets and seductive melodies provided by Peaches and Chilly Gonzales and gravel-voiced Scottish […]

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Woodkid – The Golden Age

Woodkid – The Golden Age AMG Review: It’s beyond cliche to call sweeping, orchestral music “filmic,” but in the case of music video director Yoann Lemoine’s debut album as Woodkid – The Golden Age, the term fits. Though he’s worked with Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, and Lana Del Ray, Lemoine’s own music is more in line […]

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Indochine – L’aventurier

Indochine – L’aventurier L’Aventurier est le premier album studio d’Indochine, sorti en 1982. Avec sa pochette constituée de vignettes d’inspiration BD, il est surtout connu pour la chanson éponyme, premier grand succès du groupe et référence à l’univers de Bob Morane. L’album comprend une reprise de L’Opportuniste, titre interprété quatorze ans plus tôt par Jacques […]

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Pulsar – Pollen

 Pulsar – Pollen Progarchives: Very much Floydian sounds for this good spacey and atmospheric album from this French band. Music is VERY quiet but really pleasant. Submerged with keys and featuring good fluting as well. Some “Ange” influences as well (“Apaisement”) during which the flute play from Roland Richard is just sublime. One of my […]

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Stromae – Racine Carrée

Stromae – Racine Carrée Wikipedia: Stromae – Racine Carrée a de nouveau été enregistré chez lui comme pour Cheese mais cette fois dans un grenier qu’il a aménagé. Lors d’une rencontre avec le magazine Les Inrocks en octobre 2011, Stromae révèle que son prochain album qui n’est pour l’instant qu’une « ébauche » aura des « […]

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Nouvelle Vague – Nouvelle Vague

Nouvelle Vague – Nouvelle Vague       Heather Phares: ‘The best compliment that can be paid to Nouvelle Vague’s self-titled debut album:Nouvelle Vague – Nouvelle Vague it isn’t as arch and smirking as a collection of bossa nova versions of new wave classics by fetching French and Brazilian chanteuses would suggest. Based on the […]

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Pulsar – The strands of the future

Pulsar – The strands of the future Progarchives: Pulsar’s second album, ‘The Strands of the Future’, is one of the definite and undisputable masterpieces of French prog, and together with their next recording ‘Halloween’, incarnates the band’s peak in terms of inspired writing and skillful performing. Their style keeps on being somewhat inspired in 73-75 […]

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