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YELLE || Safari Disco Club

Safari Disco Club

Label: UMG/Barclay
Release Date: March 29th, 2011
Grade: 4 out of 5 meatballs
Reviewed By: Gina Provenzano

Looking back, 2007 was a good year for French pop music. Blogs and dance parties were dominated by Justice's Cross and Daft Punk remerged with Alive 2007 and toured. The same year, French eletropop group Yelle jumped onto the scene with their spastic debut Pop Up. The album went on to be filled with dance hits like "Je Veux Te Voir," "A Cause des Garcons," and "Ce Jeu." Despite only writing and performing songs in French, they were able to transcend the language barrier with solid dance beats and commanding vocals. The songs were catchy, whether if you could understand what they were about or not. Since then, little has been heard from the trio until last week when they released their sophomore effort Safari Disco Club.

Safari Disco Club, while a ridiculous title, are the perfect three words to describe the album. Like its predecessor, is filled with infectious pop and strong vocals that could resonate no matter what language it's in. It's clear that their time in between albums was spent wisely, as Yelle's sound has matured. They're more confident and there's less fluff and more substance to each track. Instead of relying on vocals and treating the group as a vehicle for a pop singer, like in their debut, the album focuses instead on solid dance tracks that build and sustain energy from start to finish. That's not to say that the vocals are anything to overlook, Julie Budet owns each lyric with an attitude and confidence that is usually reserved for rock music. 

Standout tracks on the album include "Comme Un Enfant," "Que Veux-Tu" and "La Musique" which are able to find the right balance between synth-heavy sounds and Budet's voice. Overall, the record is solid from start to finish and serves as a surefire progression from their debut. My only hope is that their next release will be out sooner than 2015 and that the live show for the Safari Disco Club tour lives up to its name.

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