This is probably my favourite album of 2013. Rokia has created her own unique and highly sophisticated style, using the controlled power of her voice to pour emotion into her wonderfully poetic lyrics, complemented by the tight sound of her band. The accompanying booklet gives english translations of each song, revealing the high quality of the lyrics, although it's hardly necessary for 'Mélancolie' since her french is so clear. The opening couplet is exquisite: 'Mélancolie danse avec moi/À la belle cadence de mes rêves de joie.' Not that you need to understand her words to appreciate her enchanting voice and infectious energy. Based on the strength of this album, I went to see Rokia perform at the Royal Festival Hall in London. She was fantastic, putting in even more oomph than in the studio: everyone was exhorted to get up and dance as she took apart and reconstructed 'Tuit Tuit'. 'Kouma' and 'Beautiful Africa' were especially good live, although every track is a highlight. I reckon she has won a lot of new fans with this album, and deservedly so. Buy the album, and then, if you can, get tickets to see her live.