Petite Noir deems his sound and general aesthetic to be ‘Noirwave’, a term that effectively represents the shifting gauze-sheets that these tracks are built up from. La Vie Est Belle / Life Is Beautiful mixes martial drums and a howling energy with sleek electronics/ A powerful LP indeed, released on the Double Six label.
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“Hey, hey…you there…….what the hell is this?” My initial reaction on hearing this LP was remarkably similar to the time when a sober Father Jack Hackett picked up a spoon.
Petite Noir were chosen the exact wrong time to be unveiled in front of our cynical office this morning. Their previous mini album sounded like some people (or one person to be accurate to their personnel) who really, really wanted to be the Wild Beasts. If the Wild Beasts hadn’t already existed, it would have been pretty good. This, however.
Most of the album is taken up with an internal battle going on inside the singer as to whether he should sound more like Dave Gahan or the bloke from Tears for Fears. The music is generally unenjoyable big synth with dark '80s textures, synths washing mysteriously and guitars clicking away in the hope that they might get used. ‘Freedom’ is pretty good if you want someone to exactly replicate Tears For Fears forgotten ‘Raoul and the Kings of Spain’ album but just as it finishes ’Seventeen’ (in brackets ’Stay’) if you are too stupid to remember that not all songs are named vaster the word in the chorus is an enormo-ballad with sky reaching chorus and squeaky synths. A lot of this reminds me a lot of The Dears if that helps.
Could Petite Noir have actually made this album any bigger? The moment when it reaches the full level of preposterousness is on ‘MDR’ which starts off promisingly with some ace drumming. Then there’s the chorus. Well it’s Olivia Newton John and John Travolta’s 'You're the one that I Want' song from Grease. There’s an awful sigh in the second verse when perhaps he realises he’s ripping off one of the most famous songs of all time.
An entertaining album but not a great one.
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