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This review is from: One Step Forward [Us Import] (Audio CD)I'd first heard of Les Nubians when they featured on a Black Eyed Peas album (Bridging the Gap) and was curious when I read a glowing local street press review in Australia. I went straight to HMV and bought this album on the strength of the review alone. It was one of the best things I ever did - a year later the CD remains on heavy rotation at home, at work, and anywhere else I can take control of someone's CD player! The songs are sung mainly in French, with sprinklings of English and Spanish.
'Temperature Rising' is about the joys of getting high, a wonderfully uplifting collaboration with Talib Kweli, and provides an upbeat, if 'poppy' introduction to the album. The Grammy nominated 'J'Veux d'la Musique' is catchy, and transition into Helene and Celia's gorgeous honeyed French vocals, while Me & Me is another gem (the girls sing in an African langage). 'Amour a Mort' features more smooth and sumptious vocals over a soaring orchestra, and the tinge of sadness you hear adds a real emotion to the song (especially if you know what they're singing about), while 'Que le Mot Soit Perle' is a laidback bossa nova groove, that is done with French flair, of course! 'Unfaithful/Si Infidele' is a simple yet beautiful melody that caresses the soul, making you feel the heartwrenching pain they sing about when a lover goes back to the wife he has been unfaithful to.
Personally, the above are the highlights of the album but each song is brilliant - soothing, uplifting, stirring, all at once. It's a nice change from regular RnB or urban music; think French soul meets world RnB, meets African rhythms, meets reggae vibes, creating swirling melodies and pretty harmonies, and a stunning result. Magnifique!