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Album Review

Winners of musical reality shows rarely go for innovation, and Quentin Mosimann — he of the seventh season of Star Academy France — sure doesn't break the tradition on his second album, which offers energetic but completely predictable dancefloor fodder. Granted, though, playing it safe may be a prudent course to avoid the sophomore slump, especially dangerous for upcoming pop stars with their average spotlight life expectancy of a dayfly — and that's not to mention that Exhibition is Mosimann's first stab at original production after a double album of covers. But in any case, this is by-the-book electro-pop — dynamic but blatantly simple drum patterns, disco-infused synth hooks, appropriately emotional singing with some nice female backing vocals, and the general atmosphere of an evening at a hip discotheque. A sole slower ballad, "Tu le Reconnaîtras," comes up mid-album, but does little besides breaking the flow of the music, which is, admittedly, quite nice — it's hard not to tap along to Exhibition, and, of course, it is highly danceable. That said, the hip discotheque in question appears pretty generic, even by dance-pop standards — it would have fit in with any club scene over the last three decades, recalling artists from Blue System to 2 Unlimited to Timbaland, but also lacks anything to make it memorable, be it sappiness, rave-inspired aplomb, or rap groove. The album simply doesn't have enough identity style-wise, and the beats and synths alone aren't strong enough to stick to memory like, for example, Stromae's hypnotic pop anthems (except for "Il Y a un Paradis") — though, admittedly, Mosimann accomplishes the modest (but bouncy) goals he set for himself on Exhibition.

Customer Reviews


Quentin delivers, and delivers big time! Exhibition is a fun, happy and musically very rewarding experience. Il a vraiment trouvé son voix on peut dire, et pour les aimants de musique et de s'amuser, preuve un cadeau de ciel. From the opening note to the closing mix, it's all good and it's all fun! This will be one of those albums that we will remember the year 2010 for... magistral! encroyable! magnifique! what more can I say? Listen, love and dance!


exceptionnel tout simplement,de la premiere a la derniere chanson. gros coup de coeur pour gainsbourg zéro-dix


Un album digne d'un grand :D, merci juste a toi Monsieur Quentin Mosimann parce que c'est une bombe atomique cette album :D. Du rire au larmes en passant par l'émotion <3
Je suis complètement love de ce bébé !! Sa vallais le coup d'attendre aussi longtemps =.
A écouté et ré écouté sans modération :D


Born: 14 February 1988 in Geneva, Switzerland

Genre: Dance

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Quentin Mosimann was the winner of the seventh edition of the French American Idol-like TV show Star Academy. There he performed with elaborate showmanship and developed his blend of jazz and electronica, performing Taxi Girl's hit "Cherchez le Garçon" in two separate versions, a jazzy one and an electronic one, which showed up on first EP outing in early summer of 2008. He went on with that two-sided singer concept on his first LP, Duel, released in August 2008, by cutting the record in two distinct...
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