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Lisa Papineau
Night Moves

Rating: 7/10 ?

July 12, 2006
I really did not want to like this disc. I was very comfortable with the now rotten corpse of trip-hop remaining in its casket. Massive Attack's Protection really was the genre's pinnacle and that album is now more than a decade old. Most of the music that has reared its head since is so formulaic and forgettable. Lisa Papineau is most definitely guilty of sticking to "the Formula" but her voice is so sexy and sweet and her beats so fresh that I will forgive her. Night Moves is a sugary, pleasant listening experience. This disc is not going to rock your world but it might shake your ass - and sometimes we all need a little ass shakin'.

Lisa's voice most closely resembles fellow ingénue Esthero, both in its joie de vivre and not-so-subtle sexuality. The similarity can be heard in Lisa's most notable performance to date, her vocals on Air's "Surfing On a Rocket." The difference between Papineau and Esthero lies in Papineau's range and musical influence. Lisa Papineau's second track, "Shucking. Jiving" slams out of the speakers and sounds like PJ Harvey over Timbaland beats. Wailing through fuzzy distortion Papineau seems more comfortable with Patti Smith (circa 1978) and Sleater-Kinney than Beth Orton or Beth Gibbons. While this aggression does not last, it most definitely leaves listeners with the impression that Lisa has more to offer than one might initially assume.

Papineau's voice is certainly the main draw on this disc but the production is equally attractive. There is a minimalist, almost found-sound, quality to many of the loops on this album. Some of the tracks nod to Bjork and others to Air and in fact, the atmosphere created on Night Moves is distinctly European. Musically speaking, there is a song for everyone on this disc and Lisa's voice is the tour guide - jazz clubs, coffee houses, dance floors and, of course, after a long evening she takes us back to the boudoir. While proving her versatility, Lisa Papineau shows us that writing off an entire genre is an exercise in futility.

After letting go of my prejudice and giving this record an honest listen I can say that Lisa Papineau and her production team have produced a worthy and interesting album. For those of you looking for something instantly accessible and extremely catchy, look no further than Night Moves. You might be as pleasantly surprised as I was.

Reviewed by Jon Burke
A contributing writer and a Chicago resident who will not be goaded by LAS’s editor into revealing any more details about his potentially sordid affairs.

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