Hedonism has its place in electro pop, but the most hard-hitting songs of this genre are made by people who care more about human emotions than how to look cool brushing your teeth with Jack Daniels. La Roux and Robyn are masters of exposing their vulnerabilities over synthetic beats, and that’s what French band Yelle try to emulate with their second album. Singer Julie Bude’s sincerity is not in doubt – her lyrics (sample: “My heart doesn’t beat anymore when I see you”) are earnest and often poignant. It’s the music that’s the letdown here. ‘C’est Pas Une Vie’’s melody is nice enough but forgettable, ‘Le Grand Saut’ is playful, but in a joyless, slightly grating way, and ‘S’eteint le Soleil’ features an ill advised, cheap-sounding Wub-Wub-Dubstep-breakdown. The highlight is the slick but heartfelt disco pop of ‘Que Veux-Tu’ – more of this, and we would have been on to a winner.

By Matthias Scherer

Originally published in issue 26 (vol 3) of Loud And Quiet. March 2011

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