Dreamland, the first single from the new album by Emilie Simon, was a warning: Kate Bush had always been a big reference, but now she tried to out-Kate her heroine. I've heard the full album The Big Machine, and it's the biggest disappointment this year. Gone is the iceblue atmosphere of her debut, she tries to really sing instead of just whispering softly in my ear and the music is the idea-free, Depeche Mode-light. Don't get me started on the lyrics. To sing in English wasn't a good idea on Végétal, though I liked her versions of Come as you are, and I wanna be your dog. But this is truly horrible. One song has a few French lines, but that's not helping either. Bye Emilie, nice knowing you.
Emilie Simon - Fools like us (from Dreamland)
Emilie Simon - Dame de Lotus (from Végétal, for old times sake. See the beautiful video)