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Sébastien Tellier – Sexuality

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Sebastien TellierFrench electro-wunderkind Sebastien Tellier clearly has one thing on his mind. From the near graphic album cover through to the track titles to his latest album Sexuality, no clues need to be given as to his muse. Having penned one of the most addictive, effortlessly beautiful tunes of recent memory with La Ritournelle, Tellier’s latest release takes the cues from that song’s lyrics (“So we make love in the grass under the moon”) to a new level.

Produced by Daft Punk’s Guy Manuel de Homem-Christo, Sexuality is filled to the brim with breezy, synth-laden tunes. There is no reprieve from the theme, and most certainly this ticks all the boxes of a concept album about sex. But being able to bypass the female moans that accompany Pomme, and the intriguingly-titled tracks like Fingers of Steel is essential in appreciating the sheer inventive song writing skill of Tellier.

Given the recent news that Tellier is France’s entry into the Eurovision Song Contest, time will only tell just how far he is going to take this theme onstage. Imagine Divine, the chosen song with its addictive near-Motown vocal line, being performed to an audience of millions with an army of provocative back-up dancers in tow. Something to break the monotony of kitsch-euro pop, that’s for sure.

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Written by lexstatic

April 17, 2008 at 8:40 pm

Posted in Album Reviews

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