Release Date: Sep 30, 2014
Record label: Kemosabe Records
Genre(s): Pop, Electronic, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Dance-Pop, Club/Dance, Alternative Dance, Left-Field Pop
Like the K-Pop superstars of today or the ‘90s swinging pop of Pizzicato Five, you don’t need to be bilingual to enjoy the hell out of Yelle. This trio’s frontwoman (Yelle, natch) sings exclusively in French, but as she’s shown over the course of three full-lengths and countless concert dates in the U.S., it’s all in how you sell the songs. Yelle luckily has great music to help in her cause.
After two albums of blindingly fun, so far out in left field you need binoculars to find them pop, the duo of Julie Budet and Jean-François Perrier, better known as Yelle, turned to pop hitmaker Dr. Luke and his team of craftsmen to help them prepare their third album, Complètement Fou. At first the pairing seems a bit mercenary, but Dr. Luke sought them out instead of the other way around.
When it was announced that Dr. Luke was suddenly involved in producing Yelle's third studio album, and that consequently he'd be releasing it on his Kemosabe Records imprint, there was a collective groan between fans of the French trio. Yelle have famously rejected collaborations and any talk of recording in English, to the point of releasing their sophomore album on their own imprint at Barclay Records.
Yelle Complètement Fou (Source) Yelle doesn't care if tu parles Français. Lyrically, Complètement Fou – Completely Crazy – remains in the Frenchies' native tongue, but this third offering's primary language is pop. The title track embraces the tenants of French house music, endlessly bouncy and catchy sans shame, while "Nuit de Baise I" steals from the fused funk balladry of Canadian cousins Chromeo, reprised with a glam reworking fitting of the Purple One toward the end of the album.