Monday, December 12, 2011
Le Pop Returns For Sixths
The continuing saga that is the Le Pop series resumes with the addition of the sixth volume in the series. As always, Le Pop features the latest and greatest in chanson, french pop and the like but this time they've branched out a bit and included songs sung in English, songs from Lousiana, and Montreal. It might be a bit of a shock to the system but in typical Le Pop fashion there's not a duff track in the bunch. Having listened to this a lot there's a reason why this series has been as successful as has been and that’s because the material featured in each and every volume is top notch stuff.
From up-tempo, nearly twee tunes to folk pop, Le Pop is all over the map and illustrates the depth and breadth of chanson music now days. This isn't your grandmothers French pop anymore; it's like shabby chic pop music that's in love with the sixties as much as it is the noughties. With loads of new artists making an appearance here, the content is always fresh and crisp and on the cutting edge of the Francophone scene. While I much prefer the pure French pop, I can understand the inclusion of the Creole and French Canadian pop as a chance for the compilation series to spread its wings.
North American or proper French, Le Pop never disappoints. From the countrified pop of Tom Poisson's, "Trapeziste," to the twee cuddliness of, "Stephanie Lapointe's, "Eau Salee," this record, like its cousins proves itself to be essential. The entire Le Pop series is amazing and I look forward to each release, not only because I'm totally in love w/the girl on the covers but because every song is masterful, seductive, and pop perfection. This is the sort of record that makes you want to scream, "Vive Le France!"