Jean-Yves Prieur's second album on the highly regarded Yellow Productions label was the one that cemented his reputation as one of the leading proponents of downbeat. Unjustly overlooked at the time of release in early '98 in favour of French rivals Air's more commercial debut album, Kid Loco's offering is deeper and funkier. Brimming with lush strings, murky bass riffs, and an intricate attention to detail, A Grand Love Story is a beautifully crafted, cinematic-sounding masterpiece. There are nods to diverse influences such as Gainsbourg and DJ Shadow. In Prieur's opinion, "Every song should have a beginning, a middle and an end." No formulaic dirges here then: 10 highly individual tracks, each one an absolute gem.