the French word for sweets (or candies) is the appropriate title of French pop princess Alizée's debut album. Like an aniseed ball, the mix of pop tunes and ballads are pleasant and consistent throughout, but at the same time never too adventurous. The French lyrics may sour the album for some but the catchy tunes and lyrics (even though they may mean little to your average Anglophile) highlight the universal language of pop.
Following the global smash "Moi
Lolita", are two similarly sounding tunes "Lui ou Toi" and "L'Alizé" which once again showcase Alizée's mature and breathy vocals. Other tracks are also equally sweet and familiar, with the opening to "Mon Maquis" sounding remarkably like T'Pau's "Heart and Soul". The highlight of the album has to be the addictive but slightly corny "JBG"--James Bond Girl. Alleged focused around Alizée's own life experiences, all of the tracks have been written and produced by top French duo Mylène Farmer and Laurent Boutonnat. Très bon! --John Galilee