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Album Review

Discovered via MySpace, classically trained pianist Beatrice Martin, aka Coeur de Pirate, became one of the few contemporary Francophone singers to make any waves with English-speaking audiences with her self-titled, 2008 debut spending nearly two years on the Canadian charts. Considering its unexpected, slow-burning success, it would be difficult to blame her for sticking to its tried-and-tested, intimate, piano-led balladry formula, but perhaps keen to show that she's not simply a one-trick pony, her follow-up, Blonde, instead revels in an effortlessly cool, retro Gallic pop sound inspired by the likes of Françoise Hardy and Brigitte Bardot. The brief, 72-second opener "Leve Les Voiles," a festive-sounding choral piece performed by Les Petits Chanteurs de Laval, sets the playful tone as she skips from dramatic tango ("Danse et Danse") to shuffling, old-school country (the Sam Roberts duet "Loin d'Ici"), to jaunty cabaret ("Golden Baby") in a seductive yet ever so slightly menacing style befitting a modern femme fatale. Co-produced with Howard Bilerman (Arcade Fire), even her ventures into more familiar territory are given an edge, whether it's the creeping double bassline and stomping percussion of lead single "Adieu," or the dramatic strings which close the emotive chamber pop of "Place de la Republique," while the kittenish Vanessa Paradis-esque "Les Amours Devouees" and the Spector-ish girl group pop of "Verseau" prove she can tackle romance and heartbreak in equal measure. A brave leap forward from a hugely gifted songwriter, Blonde is perhaps one of the most enchanting and authentic retro-pop efforts of the year. ~ Jon O'Brien, Rovi

Customer Reviews


I don't know french, but I do know I adore this singer.


Unfortunately I don't know enough french to understand all of this but I love it so much


Even though I know very little French the beat and the tone of her voice is amazing, my new obsession


Born: September 22, 1989 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Genre: French Pop

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Coeur de Pirate is a Québécoise singer/songwriter and pianist who made her acclaimed eponymous album debut in 2008 and eventually rose to Top Five success in France the following year with her smash hit single "Comme des Enfants." Born Beatrice Martin on September 22, 1989, in Quebec, Canada, she began playing piano at age three and was educated in Montreal. She began her recording career in 2007, posting demo versions of her songs on MySpace. Around this same time, she began playing keyboards in...
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