Great year, fantastic filles, awesome albums, terrific tunes. Here we go:
1. Various Artists – Je Deteste Serge. This is it. The (illegal) album that had the highest rotation at my château this year. 19 strikingly artistic and intertextual killer tracks blending Serge G. with Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Sugarhill Gang, Biggie, and loads of others. Bâtard Pop Heaven – for download still available.
2. Ödland – Ottocento. Lorenzo Papace is the mad hatter behind this absinth-soaked, tenderly hypnotic (and quite humorous) 19th-century-fantasy, Alizée Bingöllü (pictured) the most sexy voice you’ll ever hear from behind the mirror. The album ist just like her: Little girl eyes, big girl ideas.
3. Élodie Frégé – La Fille de L’après-midi. She can do without Biolay, and easily. A concept album like a trois-accents-promise, much better than its predecessor, amazingly uncompromising, full of high-class songwriting, suspense, and drama. The record that made Guuz a poet. Ravissante indeed.
4. Fabienne Delsol – On My Mind. While nobody noticed, Fabienne clandestinely took April March’s place in girlpopdom. Sixties mood, simple but irresistible melodies, lost love dreamscapes, Rick Nelson feel, fuzz guitars and that certain not-so-innocent voice. Only two tracks en Français here. Somebody who cares?
5. Cécile Hercule – La Tête à L’Envers. Lots more versatile and inventive, Cécile is outsmarting everybody’s darling ZAZ by far. Wooing and cooing as a premier art form, and Enfin should have been a huge hit. For the bedroom, and some of those things beyond.