February 24, 2006

Sebastien Tellier - Broadway


“Broadway,” like Tellier’s last single “La Ritournelle,” is full of lush orchestral strings, romantic lyrics, and gorgeously jazzy drumming (courtesy of Afrobeat legend Tony Allen.) Both singles are anomalies on his recent album Politics, which veers from huge, Trevor Horn-style bombast to hyperactive new wave tomfoolery. Five remixes, including two apiece by Jake Bullit and Chicken Lips, are split across this CD and 12” single, but no one really improves on the original. “Broadway” being immense as it is, adding layers of synths and four-on-the-floor beats on top results in mixes that reek of overcrowding and overcooking. Sparingly, Chicken Lips had the wise idea to include a dub version of their disco-tech mix, which becomes much more palatable as an instrumental. Also included on the CD single is Tellier’s rhodes-fueled slow jam “Le Long De La Riviere Tendre,” which was also one of the two tracks he contributed to last years Respect Is Burning compilation “Ete D’amour.”

Lucky Number / 005
[Michael F. Gill]