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Stranded Horse: Humbling Tides
30/03/2011

Yann Tambour, formerly of Encre, delves deeper on his second album of kora-based material. It's an album that repays patience and close attention, says David McKenna read more...

Le Prince Miiaou: Fill the Blank with Your Own Emptiness
29/03/2011

Maud-Élisa Mandeau has developed a fuller, less spiky sound but lost none of her intensity, Kieron Tyler is delighted to report. read more...

Les Olivensteins: S/T
07/03/2011

Rouen's Les Olivensteins don’t figure too highly in the great punk rock pantheon but Kieron Tyler finds a tantalising suggestion of what might have been on this compilation from the Born Bad label. read more...

Cercueil: Eurostrate
23/02/2011

On their second proper album of seductively dark electronic pop, the Lille-based trio are at their best when they give their sounds space to breathe, says David McKenna. read more...

Mademoiselle K: Jouer Dehors
23/02/2011

Kieron Tyler finds the melodic pop-rock of Katerine Gierak's band a little too smooth on their latest offering. read more...

Alexandre D├ęsilets: La Garde
25/01/2011

Kieron Tyler find that the third album from the choirboy-voiced Québécois singer is a thing of rare grace. read more...

Oh La La!: Oh La La!
11/01/2011

Natasha Le Jeune, formerly the frontwoman for Bertrand Burgalat's house band AS Dragon, returns with a new glam-pop project. Kieron Tyler is largely won over by the glam beats, squeaky keyboards and bubblegum melodies. read more...

Lara Fabian: Best Of
29/12/2010

You may have Lara Fabian pegged as a junior Celine Dion, but Kieron Tyler reckons there's more to her than that. It's just you won't necessarily find the proof here. read more...

Philippe Katerine: Philippe Katerine
30/11/2010

The apparently throwaway new album from the idiosyncratic songwriter and performer may be art or a deliberate act of provocation but either way Kieron Tyler - an avowed fan - isn't impressed. read more...

BOOK: Portrait En Clair-Obscur
16/11/2010

Although she has often been overlooked abroad in favour of her male peers, Barbara is one of France's great singer-songwriters. Kieron Tyler examines her life story as it is recounted in journalist Valérie Lehoux's fine biography. read more...