Oct 2012 01

Foretaste - Love on DemandForetaste
Category: Synthpop / Electro-pop
Album: Love on Demand
Stars: 3
Blurb: This French duo’s third album sees them sticking to their well established emotional analog electro-pop style with a more pronounced Gallic flair.


 

Maintaining their habit of changing their designation on every album to tie in with that release’s theme, the French duo of Lover XX & Lover XY – a.k.a. Foretaste – deliver another round of analog electro-pop in their unmistakable style. It’s not a massive progression by any means, more of a gentle nudge with the album’s theme of non-communication within a relationship allowing the duo to produce a more dramatic and expansive sound in places, although the duo’s greatest strength remains that there is something so quintessentially right about their sound that they don’t really need to change too much. As “Alone with People Around” kicks proceedings off in fine style, it’s immediately clear that they’ve still got plenty of ideas in their musical armory. It helps enormously that Lover XX possesses one of the most mouth wateringly exotic voices around, like a reborn Edith Piaf with an expressive delivery that is passionate, sultry, and melancholic as the song demands and which suits the increased Gallic flair that is a trademark of this album. This is most notably so during the up-tempo duo of “Automatic Love Response” and “What About Me,” as well as “Superstar” where the sultry verses are contrasted by a more urgent chorus that resembles Jean Michel Jarre while also adding the finishing touch in making “What If” a most emotive number that fully evokes its title with soaring melodies atop a rich musical landscape. Likewise, the melodramatic edge she adds to the grandiose “Save Me” is a little short of masterful as it builds from its dreamlike opening into a most expansive number that wouldn’t sound out of place at a Parisian masked ball. In fact, the only time it doesn’t really fit is on the closing “X Me,” the title of which suggests this is supposed to be a pretty saucy number, but the girly delivery, which is no doubt supposed to sound cheeky and wanton, just sounds false, especially when her natural voice could have raised temperatures quite sufficiently. Not that it seriously impedes the track as a whole and it ends the album on a nicely strident note while, elsewhere, “Do What You Can” again boasts a startling contrast between the melancholic verses and a chorus that resembles Mesh in its plaintive urgency while the slightly atonal flavors of “Today” fit perfectly with the overall emotional mood. When a band combines such disparate effects so well, then that’s a sure fire sign of quality and quality electro-pop is exactly what you get with this band, no ifs and no buts and as an added bonus, if you get the double version with its live disc, you’ll get a good overview of their past releases too.
 
Track list:

  1. Alone with People Around
  2. Do What You Can
  3. The End of Days
  4. What About Me?
  5. Superstar
  6. Today
  7. Automatic Love Response
  8. What If
  9. My Greatest Deception
  10. Save Me
  11. X Me

 
Foretaste Website http://www.foretaste-music.com
Foretaste MySpace http://www.myspace.com/foretaste
Foretaste Facebook http://www.facebook.com/foretastemusic
Foretaste Twitter http://www.twitter.com/foretaste_music
BOREDOMproduct Website http://www.boredomproduct.online.fr
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Purchase at:
Amazon MP3
 
2011-11-21
 
Carl Jenkinson (carlj)

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