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Album Review

Two years flat after Poni Hoax's remarkable debut full-length, Images of Sigrid adds to the group's repertoire without expanding its palette. If anything, this second opus is slightly more streamlined and predictable than the first. Still, a pretty strong platter it is, with singer Nicolas Ker still playing the dark dandy, his half-crooner, half-deadpan delivery providing a perfect match for the four-to-the-floor beats and '80s synth lines. "Antibodies" is to this album what "Budapest" was to the previous one: a powerful tongue-in-cheek dance-floor hit (come on, who really cares about his or her antibodies on the dance floor?). "The Paper Bride," "Pretty Tall Girls," and "My Own Private Vietnam" offer more musical meat around the beat bone, more force too. And on "Hypercommunicate," things get weirder, Ker switches from cool detachment to angered wails, turning the song into a cross between Human League and Random Hold. The songs tend to run on for a bit too long, exhausting their material, then artificially extending their lifespan through extra repetitions of the chorus. Yet, this is not the reason why the album's duration pushes over the 70-minute mark. That would be due to the curve-ball closer "Faces in the Water," a 13-minute ambient track! Images of Sigrid is a well written, brilliantly executed album of out-disco — dance music with an attitude and a flair for character playing. Tigersushi producer Joakim did a good job building the group's musical personality, but, with this second album, he might have caged Poni Hoax into a sound they won't be able to escape from now on. ~ François Couture, Rovi

Customer Reviews

Pretty good

This band is really underrated. I think they deserve much more credit, especially Antibodies, its a good song!

Great underrated band

This band is very unique in the sound department. I love it's originality. Can't wait to hear more music from these guys


Stunning album! Can't stop listening to it. These guys deserve to be global!


Formed: 2004 in Paris, France

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Although French electronica has been inarguably cool since the rise of Air in the mid-'90s, Poni Hoax are likely the first band to fuse the sophistication of Gallic dance beats with solid rock & roll attitude (imagine if the Strokes really were as cool and debonair as they pretend to be) and a soupçon of the lyrical perversity and overall suavity last seen in French pop when Serge Gainsbourg was at the height of his powers. The four musicians in Poni Hoax met while studying at the Conservatoire Nationale...
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