Kahimi Karie – Trapéziste – Review

October 15, 2003

A strange yet intoxicating trip that calls to mind Radiohead’s recent albums. And you can’t blame Momus for the obscurity, since Karie wrote most of the lyrics.

Import Zone – Column

October 15, 2003

A seductive mix of folk, pop, piano, and electronica, it’s probably the one contemporary French pop disc to be released this year that the late Serge Gainsbourg would have appreciated.

Import Zone – Column

April 1, 2001

Bliss is French chanteuse Vanessa Paradis’ long-awaited fourth studio album – her first studio effort in eight years – and the title could not sum it up better.

Import Zone – Column

September 1, 2000

Faux Movement, the third album by Autour De Lucie, has been released in France. While Valérie Leulliot’s vocals remain a pleasant blend of haunting and sweet, the songwriting is a bit more progressive this time around.

Import Zone – The J-Spot – Column

April 1, 2000

Speed is said to be more popular, but the J-Pop group I recommend first is Max. Like Speed, they’re a group of cute young teens with irresistible, upbeat songs. I’m hopelessly addicted to their Maximum Groove disc.

Kahimi Karie – K.K.K.K.K. – Review

January 1, 2000

If one holds her first genuine album released in the States, to the same standards as the self-titled best-of compilation, one will be a bit disappointed.

Kahimi Karie – Review

January 1, 1999

A little retro, a little neo (space-age bossa nova lounge trip-pop, for those keeping score), and contributions from many one-named sound hybridizers.