Yelle

It took the French synthpop trio Yelle (vocalist Yelle, née Julie Budet, plus producers and instrumentalists GrandMarnier and Tepr) four years to produce a follow-up to their sparkling debut, Pop Up. The main difference between that first album and this year’s Safari Disco Club is that the new songs seem to have lost some of the chipper, childish brightness of older Yelle favorites like “Ce jeu” and “Je veux te voir”—the new music is heavier, glossier, more worked-over. That being said, all of the band’s sense of fun and feel for what makes great party music remains—Budet’s squeaky, cheeky voice, the sugary, utterly danceable beats, and silly, smirking lyrics, like (in translation), “You're handsome, you're great, you're amazing/ You have horses, ponies, let's have children.” With French Horn Rebellion. ERIN K. THOMPSON

Sat., May 14, 8 p.m., 2011

 
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