Friday, June 25, 2010

Mitsou: Mitsou (1992)

(One of my many reviews that went unpublished in Rock & Roll Disc when the magazine ceased publication in 1992 ... )

Hollywood HR-61264-2
Total disc time: 37:50 (no SPARS code)

Merit: ***
Sound: ****

To dismiss Mitsou as the Canadian Madonna or Samantha Fox is to miss what makes her special. Her NC-17 videos, for instance, justify more than her love, and her lustrous voice enhances her burnished sexuality instead of the other way around. She sings half these songs in French, but there's no danger of losing the hooks of either the gorgeous slow ones or the randy disco ones in translation. And her transformation of Janis Joplin's "Mercedez Benz" into a pulsating, high-tech critique of materialism is determinedly kinky.

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