Coeur de Pirate


Disc review

In an ideal world, we’d be able to listen to this sophomore effort from Béatrice Martin with no baggage about how this little tattooed blonde burst onto the francophone scene at 18, singing naive ballads in that love-it-or-hate-it voice of hers. Because as produced by Howard Bilerman at Hotel2Tango, Blonde is a sophisticated collection of pop songs featuring an array of 1960s influences ranging from Françoise Hardy to Nancy Sinatra and Phil Spector girl groups. Already a mainstay in Coeur de Pirate’s live sets, Place de la République is particularly touching, while tracks like Danse et danse and Golden Baby are wonderfully groovy. Not so sure about things like Loin d’ici, a country-tinged duet with Sam Roberts, but overall this is a very enjoyable listen which deserves to be judged on its own merits.

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