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le 12 juillet 2013
Après avoir découvert ce jeune groupe sur scène au Festival de musique le Jardin du Michel en Lorraine, je suis tombé raide dingue de cet album. Certes, je suis de la génération des quarantenaires qui ont grandi dans le mouvement New wave des années 80 (et ses monuments Smiths, Depêche mode, OMD, New order, etc) et mon oreille est sans doute sensible à ce son empreint de lignes mélodiques baignées de synthétiseur. Mais là j'avoue que THE JUVENILES se distingue en revisitant élégamment à sa façon ce son si caractéristique des années 80. La voix en Anglais colle divinement à la musique, bref que du bonheur, je dois en être à plus de 50 écoutes, et je ne me lasse pas.
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le 17 juin 2013
A few years back I stumbled across a video on Youtube by a French duo called Juveniles which consists of Jean-Sylvain Le Gouic and Thibaut Doray. The track, "We Are Young" had an amazing video that was simultaneously enthralling, exciting and just flat out bizarre. Imagine everyone that ever got turned down from a Harmony Korrine film for being too crazy and dangerous looking, and you start to get the picture.
Once I started playing it I immediately felt a smile hit my face as this was exactly the type of music I loved.
Man I can't really describe what it felt like when I first heard Juveniles music, and how I've felt listening to this album for the past couple hours on repeat. I think if I had to sum it up in one word it'd be....Nostalgia.
Nostalgia is an appropriate description, I think. Your miles may vary, but for me, when I started listening to this, it brought me back to the 80's when I was a kid (I turned 15 in 1990) and listening to the radio constantly. Artists like Duran Duran, Soft Cell, Culture Club, Depeche Mode and others were ones that really kinda got my feet going and made me want to dance everywhere.
I personally loved it, and I've always had a soft spot in my heart for synth or electro pop. However it has to be good music. I've heard some bad synth pop over the years, especially in the last 10 years or so as it seems to be making a comeback. There's lots of groups out there that have no business messing with it. They need to put their synthesizer down and back way. Pick up a guitar and go play at a coffee house or something. It's not for you.
Juveniles though have nailed it perfectly. They know exactly what synth pop is supposed to be and what it's not. And the weird thing in this is that I have zero idea how to express what it's supposed to be. It's one of those "well you know it when you hear it" types of things. Basically it's the pornography argument of "you know it when you see it". Well in this case, when you hear them play, when you hear the music, when you hear how perfectly the music is, it just all clicks. It just works.
This is a band that clearly has love and respect for the genre and are not someone that is simply jumping on the bandwagon to try to get ahead. You can tell those who don't really have a love for the genre. Their music is just lacking anything that moves you. It lacks anything that reaches out and grabs you and holds on refusing to let go.
This album is beautiful synth pop music for those who love synth pop music. It's a wonderful trip back to the time when synth pop was huge, and you had these now legendary bands showing up on the scene.
The album has 11 tracks and I'm not sure there's any weak tracks on here.
I think my favorite tracks (aside from We Are Young, which I'm glad was included on here, despite coming out a year or two ago) are "Logical", "Through The Night", "Strangers", "Elisa", "Washed Away" and "Void (In and Out of The)". As I said though, there's really no weak tracks here. There's nothing that makes you want to reach for the skip button or fast forward.
In all honesty, this is the 1st album I've listened to in quite some time where I just let it rock on repeat and now it's on it's third go around. I have a bad case of ADD which affects my attention span and my focus. Usually I'll start listening to something, then get sidetracked by a video online and pause the music to watch that, then end up on other stuff, and then hours later I suddenly remember that I have the album paused on track 2, and then never end up getting back to it.
With this album, though, I've had none of that. It's the first album I can remember where that didn't happen. This is wonderful nostalgia for me, and I am still kind of stunned by how much I'm loving this album. In fact, I think the most amazing thing about it is that it's got me reviewing it. I've reviewed a lot of albums in the past, but I haven't reviewed anything in quite awhile, and I hadn't planned on reviewing anything else. Of course what's that joke? How do you make God laugh? Make a plan.
le 13 novembre 2013
Un album magique, des tubes en puissance et une véritable cohérence artistique.
Des chansons qui tournent en boucle chez moi et dont je ne me lasse toujours pas! Cela fait plusieurs années que je n'avais pas flashé ainsi...
Étonné que ce groupe ne perce pas plus fort et plus vite étant donné les réelles qualités d'écriture et d'orchestration.
A acheter les yeux fermés....