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Sunday, January 09, 2005

FROU FROU - DETAILS 

Album: Details
Artist: Frou Frou
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I will be honest with you. I heard this CD on the work share. When I first heard it, I was not overly impressed, but I thought that my girlfriend would love it (I KNOW, SOUNDS LIKE A DISCLAIMER). Then on a road trip to Pittsburgh, I got to hear the album at a respectable volume, without having to wonder if my editor would rip apart my latest whitepaper and realized it is a great CD.

It was released in 2002, and features the songwriting of Imogen Heap. Female vocals can go one of two ways:
1) Addictive as the Thai ice-tea at the Friendly Thai
2) Enough to make you want to throw the CD out of the window, track down the singer and rip out her vocal cords

Imogen's voice is definitely classified by number 1. Her voice is so subtle, but at the same time very powerful. Fans of Dido or Beth Orton will fall in love with this CD. She teams with producer Guy Sigsworth (who worked with Bjork, and pumped out some of Madonna's she-ite music of the last ten years). The tracks feature lightly layered electronic beats that help accentuate the strength of her voice as she delivers lyrics about heartache and lost loves (every music nerd's dream).

The combination of Imogen and Sigsworth is much different than her more rock and roll focused solo-project but any of these songs could be played on the radio or at a party, and people would run to the record store to buy the album. Songs like "It's Good to Be in Love" and "Only Got One" have the potential to push Frou Frou into Dido-esque territory, and the record sales that follow. Let's just hope people get to hear them.

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