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Tutu To Tango
     

Tutu To Tango

by Axe Riverboy
 

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Tutu to Tango is the first solo album by Tahiti 80's Xavier Boyer (Axe Riverboy is an anagram of his name). He's cast aside nearly all the electronic leanings of that band for a more organic, acoustic guitar-led approach. Luckily, none of Tahiti 80's melodic grace and sweet soulfulness has been removed.

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Tutu to Tango is the first solo album by Tahiti 80's Xavier Boyer (Axe Riverboy is an anagram of his name). He's cast aside nearly all the electronic leanings of that band for a more organic, acoustic guitar-led approach. Luckily, none of Tahiti 80's melodic grace and sweet soulfulness has been removed. Boyer's tender croon is at the center of the record, he piles on all kinds of strings, brass and backing vocals and rocks out occasionally ("Roundabout," "Carry On") but at its core this is an intimate, heartfelt record. Anyone who found Tahiti 80 a bit too glib and detached will find there's much more to hold on to here. Boyer will never win awards for his lyrics but they feel personal and lean toward quiet melancholy, and the "real" instruments give the record warmth. Songs like "Morning Blues" with its hushed atmosphere, the molasses slow "Long" (on which Boyer pulls off the neat trick of making the drum machine sound melancholy), and "Cross the Line" with its somber strings and aching vocal are the work of someone pouring out their soul. Of course if you liked the slickness and plastic pop of Tahiti 80, there are enough hooks here to make it worthwhile. Besides it's not like Boyer made a lo-fi, bedroom four-track record, Tu Tu to Tango is slick enough for AAA radio and he makes sure to include a giant dollop of sugar to make the heartbreak go down smoothly for those tender, pop-loving souls who need it that way. Whether the release of this album means the end of the road for Tahiti 80 is unclear but it wouldn't be a terrible thing if Boyer keeps releasing records as nice as Tutu to Tango.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/11/2007
Label:
Minty Fresh
UPC:
0796627008320
catalogNumber:
70083
Rank:
270209

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Performance Credits

Axe Riverboy   Primary Artist
Xavier Boyer   Vocals,Group Member
Sylvain Marchand   Tambourine,Shaker
Mehdi Zannad   Background Vocals
Raphaël Leger   Drums
Rémy Galichet   Trombone,Conductor
Vanessa Jean   Violin
Elektrocution   Hand Clapping
Victor Lemasne   Cymbals,Tom-Tom,Snare Drums
Sophie Maurel   Violin
Jonas Muel   Saxophone
Hélène Silici   Cello

Technical Credits

Xavier Boyer   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Audio Production,Instrumentation,Cover Photo
Pedro Resende   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Laurent Fétis   Art Direction
John Dehais   Management
Rémy Galichet   Orchestration,String Arrangements,Brass Arrangment
Xavier DeBaillenx   Management
Julien Perraudeau   Engineer
Guilain Ranouil   Engineer
Benoit Tregouet   Management

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