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8/10 Dave Staff review, 02 August 2011
Downbeat balladry from Monsieur Francois and the Atlas Mountains. His sound is one of sophistication and understated lyrics. His voice is pretty good and his compositions are very moody. His band (the excellent Atlas Mountains) are great...almost like the best chamber music band you might wish to hear. It's all soft and very focused, powerful yet restrained. The album kicks off in rather subtle fashion with a track called "Water". This is a theme, ermmm..."running" through this LP. It seems to be anyway. All the tracks do have a rather "watery" quality. Francois's voice also reminds me of a lo-fi Serge Gainsbourg. His tones have a slightly scruffy quality, a bit like a disheveled troubadour (I'm probably a million miles away on this one). I would liken his songs also to a more lo-fi Gainsbourg...albeit not as sleazy. When I'm listening to this I don't feel like I'm witnessing a sexual assault like when I hear Gainsbourg...or Barry White. The best songs in my opinion on this delightful LP are the enigmatic "Moitiee" and the brooding "Nights and Days". These tracks are superb and will have many a human either in tears or utterly entranced. A record that reminds you of holidaying in Southern France. It's a very nostalgic sounding LP...not that there's anything wrong with that.
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