Tahiti 80 - The Past, The Present & The Possible
This latest outing from Gallic popsters Tahiti 80 is an engaging blend of indie, electro and just good old fashioned pop music with an enjoyably 90s feel to the many of the arrangements. ‘Defender’ opens things up nicely with a bounding keyboard backing and beautifully harmonised vocals reminiscent of the sadly missed Boo Radleys. The unerring pop sensibilities continue through the shimmering ‘Darlin’ (Adam & Eve Song)’, the perky precision of ‘Want Some?’ and, album highlight, the near perfect ‘Easy’ - which could easily end up being the soundtrack to the summer. Then things get a bit strange as the epic, bleak title track leads us in to a run of tunes that just don’t seem to gel with what has gone before. This is especially noticeable on the horrendous ‘Crack Up’, an electro disco anthem stretched to an almost unbearable eight minutes. The light and airy ‘4am’ closes proceedings pleasantly enough but the mid-album weirdness has by then taken some of the gloss off what could have been a wonderful collection of pop ditties.