Lina

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This sultry lady of French pop's first album for Spanish indie label Elefant follows one overlooked album on Sony. Being a French female singer, the comparisons to Fran├žois Hardy, France Gal, and Jane Birkin are inevitable, and such seductive pop elation is given a contemporary treatment thanks to the expertise of producers Yves Calvez and Arnold Turboust . Sessions that resulted in a sublimely sweet pop album, this has too much edge to fall into the Euro-pop cannon of Etienne Daho, a somewhat more over-ground production the duo are responsible for. Lina comes from the underground having sung with the post- punk groups Burial Party, Les Corps Caverneux, and Les Picothrrtes before recording solo. This album, however, is a little faltered in the fact that it cannot find it's place in either indie retro nor mainstream pop, leaving it a little stranded in the middle and worse off for it. Hence, purist fans of French pop may find it more of a post-modern pastiche than a valid contribution to the genre.

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