LIZZY MERCIER DESCLOUX
Best Off

[Ze Records, www.zerecords.com]

From RFI Musique site in Paris [www.rfimusique.com], dated April 30th, 2004 [pardon the grammar - this is a Google translation - my French is too shoddy to attempt a proper translation]: "The singer Lizzy Mercier Descloux is extinct one week ago, at the age of quarante-sept years, but it was learned only yesterday. For general public, its name will remain related to a single tube, But where the gazelles passed . Some remember other songs, like Wakwazulu Kwezizulu Rock. But, for connected - one started hardly, at the time, to use this word - Lizzy Mercier Descloux will remain one of these protean characters who make the Cultural revolutions. At the beginning of its career of singer, there is a single position in a store of the Markets of Paris, district then in restoration and which is in the center of all the new tendencies in second half of the Seventies. At Harry Cover, shop of tee-shirts then also of discs, which it directs with her companion, the producer Michel Esteban, it is the energy of the punk movement being born. It had plunged in a new manner of playing and of living the rock'n'roll in New York, where it was corresponding review Rock News , in which it revealed this revolution of the crash and the synthetic one, revolution which was going to give rise to two related esthetics in the beginning, the punk one and the new wave - it is the time of Bleached, Ramones, Talking Heads, Television, the New York Dolls, Johnny Thunders, Patti Smith..." Sad to admit but I don't follow entertainment news to even know the basics. Sad that Lizzy died so young but she still left an immense legacy. Most recently, Ze Records has reissued all of her old albums. As well, "Best Off" has been issued to signify her biggest, loudest hits from her illustrious career. Her sneering, post-punk, post-rock, bigger-than-you attitude is heard in every little crevice of this compilation. From the sneering light-reggae attack of "Fire", to the balladeering, crooning vocals on "Les baisers d'Amants" to the light, sultry jazzy take on "My Funny Valentine", Lizzy attacks each song and makes it her very own. Personal favourite is her take on South African Zulu vibes on "Wakwazulu Kwezizulu Rock". Light percussive rhythm along with a strong brass section ensures the mood is frivolous and uplifting. An immensely uplifting chorus on "Mais ou sont Passees Les Gazelles ?" makes for light and enjoyable listen. Forget about what you remember about 80's pop music. Fuck pretentiousness! Lizzy is as real as hell.

- Tom Sekowski


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