This album signifies the latest compilation from the French Le Pop Musik record label highlighting the country’s bands, and vocalists. And it’s a fun and irrefutably, endearing listen. Take for example Pierre Lapointe’s 60’s style piece "Qu’en est-il de la chance?," which is molded within that snazzy and sugary Euro-pop stylization. As notions of cocktails and romance come to mind here and during other choice moments of this disc.
Vincent Delerm’s wistful vocals on "Sepia plein les doigts," is centered upon a sweeping rock pulse, and enamored by glitzy horns arrangements that nicely contrast a touch of French cabaret music. Then there’s the band that goes by the name of Holden, who perform a sultry, Latin-tinged work titled "Madrid," where dark horns and strings boast a memorable hook. Sure, some of these pieces are over-produced, but that’s part of the fun. The studio brain-trust seemingly throws the kitchen sink at many of these songs, although these traits rather affectionately highlight French pop music for all its sugar-coated glamour and well-intentioned audacity. And in other regions of sound and scope you’ll hear turntable scratches, bass synth parts and some oddball jazz-pop and EFX-based manifestations. And for my own selfish reasons, I await the next installation of the "Le Pop" series. Hence, it’s a trip well worth the ride and is bound to put a smile on your face.