November 23, 2006

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Tahiti 80, Fosbury
Militia Group Records, 2006

At four copies of this album and counting sent from Militia we now have a full set of nappy coasters for the delivery drivers’ freshly pastel-painted break room and we can quid pro quo by announcing that Fosbury has been officially reviewed so they can fry other media fish. Naturally, instead of being the mambo-indie mess their name implies, Tahiti 80 are French bedroom-electropoppers who hired Outkast producer Neal Pouge for this outing, perhaps one reason the album smiles in the face of the roots-soul tree into which Gnarls wants to steer the pop world, ie Jamie Lidell would be a fan, i.e. it’s ’70s as hell in places, such as the Smoky Robinson breeze wafting out of “Big Day.” Xavier Boyer’s falsetto makes snap-dance hay out of “Changes,” a nod in the direction of Beyonce if anyone, but just to make things not-uninteresting “Chinatown” breaks out the Sonic Youth guitars. B

— Eric W. Saeger