Album review: “A frontal assault on pop from French Boutik”

By John Armstrong, Rock At Night Manchester Correspondent and Columnist Review: Front Pop (LP) – French Boutik Paris France based four-piece French Boutik are fronted by Californian émigré Gabriela Giacoman, the music is sharp dressed and smoothly delivered perfect pop, with a relaxed spaciousness to it. Front Pop is their first full length album, having previously issued three double 45 singles (now available as a compilation CD on Detour records). This is eleven fresh offerings; as the album overview states they are songs of love, politics and cats. There is a joy de vie to their playing that makes any possible language barrier irrelevant, the sound and feel is so infectious and – as with their earlier singles – some of the songs are delivered in English. The LP sleeve is printed with the lyrics and the package is completed with some beautiful photographs by Derek d’Souza including the double sided fold out poster of the band, underground in a metro station and walking Paris’ cobbled streets. Album opener “Le Mac” has a choppy guitar rhythm, a driving bass and a sideways shift into an astral chorus, loaded with those Ye-Ye flavoured backing vocals and a spiraling outro. “Sur Mon … Continue reading Album review: “A frontal assault on pop from French Boutik”