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  • Audio CD (7 May 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: V2
  • ASIN: B000NA2U2I
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 368,454 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. **** Tracklisting TBC ****
2. Jus de canneberges
3. Montreal - 40C
4. Pate filo
5. La monogamie
6. Ton plat favori
7. La Russe
8. Fille a plumes
9. Casse-cou
10. Etienne d'aout
11. St-fortunat
12. La Fin

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jeff on 21 Jun. 2007
Format: Audio CD
I bought this album after seeing them live at London's Scala - they were brilliant. They supported Los Campesinos but outshone the main act by a long way.

Their CD sound is predictably less urgent and heavy as their live sound but that is my only real negative comment.

I hate comparing a band with another because people will always say afterwards "that doesn't sound like xxxx". However, my comparisons would be with Arcade Fire, Thrills and Flaming Lips.

They are a 5 piece Canadian band and sing in French but do not let that put you off - it does not detract from the quality of the music. They are guitar based with background keyboards.

I would reluctantly give an album 5 stars - that should be reserved for absolute classics, but it's not far short.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
unusual and refreshing, to franco and anglo ears alike 17 Dec. 2006
By srw - Published on
Format: Audio CD
The Dears, The Unicorns, Stars, Metric and Godspeed You! Black Emperor all enjoyed free publicity from The Arcade Fire's 2004 indie rock grand slam, "Funeral", when all eyes turned to Canada.

"Trompe l'oeil" is the album for those of you who enjoyed the explosion of the Montreal scene, but wondered, "Where's the French?"

Let's face it, good Canadian francorock is hard to come by. Canadian French format radio's been pumping out the same uninspired prog rock for years. And the market seems to be getting smaller. To capture a bigger potential fanbase, a lot of francophones choose to sing in English.

Finally, wih "Trompe l'oeil," we've got French radio play to get excited about. Malajube reminds me at times of The Unicorns, Modest Mouse, and Muse, all while finding a new sound that's truly interesting enough to stand up to the English Quebec scene.

Even if you don't understand French, you will appreciate the energetic playing, the clever rhythms and harmonies, and the tender whisper to rebel yell singing.

Start here. Then check out some other fantastic francorock albums like 60's yé-yé inspired "Dejeuner sur l'herbe" by Les Breastfeeders and burlesque meets The Good the Bad and the Ugly in "Western Shanghai" by Call Me Poupée.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I love this CD 5 May 2008
By Lian C. Chien - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Although I had much difficulty in actually getting the CD out of the white enclosing (from the side of the wierdly though artsy designed CD container) I did end up loving the songs on the CD. It sounds dreamy, breathy, smexy, indie-rock, all melded together perfectly. Everything seems to work (Even the occasional screaming in the background). It sounds balanced, moving, and fun.

They sing entirely in French and while I can't understand it, it sounds beautiful. I've heard though that once you find out what the lyrics really mean, that you won't like the songs so much. The titles of the songs kind of are a tip-off though. Urine infection, cancer, tourettes syndrome, hallucinations, schizophrenia, death, and bipolar disorder (those are the ones easiest to figure out.)

Just a side note though, I put the actual CD into a regular CD case after I finally managed to get it out. (Because it probably took me half an hour to get out.) It's easier this way.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Trompe-L'oeil is a great CD 10 Dec. 2008
By Amazon Customer - Published on
I have looked for a long time for an indie band like Malajube. I was skeptical with their first full CD (which I do enjoy, but not as much as Trompe-L'oeil). They have a great sound and are a lot of fun to listen to. I understand very few of their words, but the music is excellent. Montreal is an amazing track, although all of these tracks will get stuck in your head at one point in time. You will NOT regret buying this CD.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful album. 6 Oct. 2007
By Hep Greg - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This is a great album, from start to finish. its amazing in all its aspects, although i dont think it tops the bands first album, Le Compt Complet.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
No Trick 30 Jan. 2007
By Sage Turk - Published on
Format: Audio CD
In an ever changing indie music landscape, it's nearly impossible to stand out or be unique...while at the same time being worth listening too. Enter Malajube.

While the entire CD is an eclectic blend (on par with Wolf Parade or Clap Your Hands...only with more accessible vocals) sung in a sort of dirty French, Trompe-L'Oeil (trick the eye) will amaze you with a quality and energy that transcends whether or not you understand what they're saying. Take the song "La Russe"...have they just invented French-Grime? doesn't matter because it's over before you know it and they're moving on to equally invigorating territory.

Let's face it. There are people out there who get this CD simply to say that they own French Indie Rap Rock. Lucky for them, and all of us, it's more than a gimmick. It's really really good.
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