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Album Review

Echoing the career path of a certain Ms. Cole, French pop idol Christophe Willem's musical journey appears to have come full circle, having been appointed as a judge on The X Factor just five years after winning Nouvelle Star himself. Perhaps conscious of the fact that he'll now have to practice what he preaches if his advice and criticism are to hold any weight, his third studio album, Prismophonic, has raised his game considerably. Featuring an array of commercial dance-pop's most established names (Richard X, Freemasons), its 12 tracks thankfully eschew the four-to-the-floor generic production that's become so ubiquitous of late in favor of a more subtle but still utterly infectious sound that falls somewhere between the glittery camp disco of Scissor Sisters and the melancholic synth pop of Will Young's recent chart-topper. With its filtered house beats and irresistible funky guitar licks, opener "Starlite" (previously recorded by U.K. X Factor winner Alexandra Burke) somehow manages to breathe new life into one of the most overused sample tricks in the book (Chaka Khan's "Ain't Nobody"); "Le Temps Qu'Il Reste" is a gorgeously swoonsome slice of trance-pop filled with warm layers of Deadmau5-esque synths; while previous collaborator Kylie Minogue (who appeared on 2009's Cafeine) lends a hand for a second time with the co-written slinky electro of "Pas Si Loin." The ballads are just as accomplished as the dancefloor-focused numbers, from the understated Darren Hayes-ish "Si Mes Larmes Tombent," to the cascading piano-led closer "Falling," to the atmospheric '80s-tinged "Je Rejoins la Scene," all of which show that Willem can showcase his impressive falsetto without descending into the usual talent show-style melodramatics. Considering his new mentor role, Willem doesn't seem in too much of a hurry to leave his TV beginnings behind, but ironically, Prismophonic could serve as a master class in how to establish yourself as an artist in your own right. ~ Jon O'Brien, Rovi

Customer Reviews


Christophe Willem is one of my absolute favorite French Pop Stars and he just keeps getting better and better! This is by far my favorite release from him to date. Starting with the first song "Starlite" with it's sampling of Chaka Khan's "Ain't Nobody" to his melodic "Si mes larmes tombent" to "Ennemis in L.O.V.E." dance pop tracks like "Automatik" and "le temps qu'il reste" finally ending with the sultry "Falling". Great CD from beginning to end!! Merci t'adore!!


So glad iTunes finally has it!! He is incredibly talented and his sound is pure perfection.


Christophe did it again!! This album is absolutely fascinating and it reflects his musical maturity over the years. The songs are danceable with a fantastic disco, electropop-esque beat (Cool, Starlite, L’amour Me Gagne, Pas Si Loin) but the album also includes soft, melodic ballads through which one can feel Christophe’s voice deep inside (Si mes larmes tombent, Falling). “Falling” is a great ballad to close the album after dancing the whole night long with the rest of the album. Personally, “Starlite” and especially “Pas Si Loin” are my favorite songs, but the entire album is awesome. I was delighted with Cafeine (his previous album), but Prismophonic is even better!


Born: August 3, 1983 in Enghien-les-Bains, France

Genre: French Pop

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Count Christophe Willem among the myriad young singers launched to fame via the reality TV phenomenon of the early 21st century. Born in Enghien-les-Bains, France, on August 3, 1983, Willem studied piano as a child, later singing as a member of the gospel choir Young Voices. At 14, he composed his first original pop songs. In 2004 Willem starred in the feature film Alive, but his acting career soon stalled and he worked a series of odd jobs while pursuing a degree in communications. On the encouragement...
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