Simon Jurad

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With the help of Jean-Philippe Marthely from Kassav on vocals on the title track and one other song, Simon Jurad comes up with a classic of early-'90s zouk. It was a big seller in Martinique and Guadeloupe. Although the electronic gimmicks are there, there's no overdose and they're blended in a playful way. He has fun with the technology and it comes out in the music. The zouk here has a lot of spunk and grit. The horns are fat and hot. The melodies are beautifully simple, but full of catchy hooks and turns. This is zouk with dynamic power driving it, not succumbing to the limpness of much of the zouk love that was to follow. The musicianship is first-rate, as is the songwriting. If you want a good taste of what quality zouk was like at the beginning of the '90s, then try to get a hold of this album. Mother lode zouk from one of its outstanding proponents. Highly recommended.