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One For Jude – Bonheur Dynamique.

May 7, 2010
  • Label: Self-Released.
  • Year: 2009.
  • Style: Post-Punk / Pop.
  • Format: CD.

ONE FOR JUDE sounds better in 2009 (10 years after their debut!) than ever before and with “Bonheur Dynamique”, they’re been trying to show a more sophisticated side with some successful vocal harmonies and beautiful piano fillings. Not much of the folk in their music is left, but this leaves space for what they’re really good at, poppy post-punk. The three part intro song has some of the most intriguing elements I’ve heard coming from France in a very long time, and it grows from strength to strength. After the first part of monotonous, sweet guitars and whining vocals, a very nice piano kicks in and the last two minutes are dedicated to a thundering bass, drums and simply a very nice melody line. And nice melody lines remains the strongest card throughout “Bonheur Dynamique”. It’s quite evenly a good album, compared to the past releases which had three or four good songs, but also just as many not so good ones.
Further interesting tracks include the new waveish electronic driven “A Toi Qui Passes” and the strong “Reine Du Passé” where traces of their neofolk past shines through via strummed acoustic guitars. Furthermore, it has the perfect chorus.
“Recal Citrant” is a brooding one with a very empty sound, leaving space for more emotions, and the final track is very catchy with awesome, secure drums.

What bothers me a little is the fact that the English vocals are back. I’ve never been a friend of ONE FOR JUDE in English, but Billy handles it better this time than ever before. And lucky for me that the French still dominates then.

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