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Artist: Geneviéve Pasquier
Title: Le Cabaret Moi
Format: CD
Label: Ant-Zen (@)
Rated: *****
Behind this brand new mutation of the female side of Thorofon and The Music Wreckers, there could be a sort of morbid adaptation of electropop and primordial electronic industrial clichés to the firing upcoming of the so-called 'burlesque ', but Geneviéve Pasquier's personal cabaret sounds even more stunningly seducing , able to climate classiest pop songs with elegant industrial sounds and terse rhythmical structures.

It's almost superfluous underline the primary role of her fragile and persuasive voice, standing out on the stage animated by different whirlgigs of sound over the whole playing time of the album, whose fourteen tracks dig different stylistic gardens: from the gasping hypno-robotic step of Trance ' you could imagine it as an avant-electro track composed by Ladytron after a shower with Cobra Killer! ' to the dark silky wallpapers of the loungy Mon Cabaret, from the sinister electronic screeches cracking the heavy electronic dub stepping of the hyped Bouge! to the nervous noisy tunes of Fusion (featuring the entrancing drumming by ex-Cage Stoney), from the mischievous electro-pop and absolutely super-special -!- Rubberpop to the tender make-up remover of Perception (definitively stating that Geneviéve's a dark-spotted pinkie at last!), from the shakily clanging cover of Warm Leatherette featuring a lot of funny soldering noises to the desperately dark-pop suite of Nobody's Darling, a track in which Geneviéve's vocal modulations could partially remind those by Love Spirals Downwards's Suzanne Perry. You could easily argue this poisoning chantreusse suffered from a massive cyclothymic attack after drinking large amounts of indigestible black milk when she wrote Some Days Ago, a lovable obscure trip-hop song and definitively my favorite one of this cabaret, something you don't have to listen if tempted by suicidal drives even if she doesn't make you wanna die! You don't have to wonder for the miscellaneous style of this record as highly anticipated by the slow-moving ambience of the preface of Changing, the first track of the album, where the singer obsessively repeats 'feel free to change'¦' in a persuasive crescendo till the final 'shout, shout, shooooout!'.

Each track ' even those abstract interludes she entitles Emotion ' speaks to listener's feelings in an eloquent way and that's the most magical aspect of this record, just before Geneviéve leaves the stage coming back behind the blue silky curtains! This fine record is available as a jewelcase edition with an 8-page booklet including some cool photographies by Mrs.Hyde and as a limited edition with 14 further pages and snapshots with inserts for bon vivants.



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