Who says the French are all cynical snobs? One of the most remarkable qualities of this Gallic quartet's sparking debut is singer Xavier Boyer's breathy delivery, which infuses lyrics about fairies and yellow butterflies with genuine wonder. Not that this 12-track album is completely devoid of barbs; "Mr. Davies" details the foibles of a Burt Bacharach-style songwriter too busy playing squash with Ringo Starr to care about his slipping standards. Produced by Andy Chase of Ivy, and featuring contributions from Adam Schlesinger (Fountains of Wayne/Ivy) and Eric Matthews, Puzzle recalls the golden age of A&M Records, when groovy but grown-up acts like Herb Alpert, Sergio Mendes, and Claudine Longet ruled the roost. But Tahiti 80 also display a deft hand with dance grooves; "I.S.A.A.C." opens with a wah-wah guitar rift straight out of "Shaft," while the disco thump and fuzzy bass of "Heartbeat" recall the early work of the Cardigans.