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Solide Mirage

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Solide Mirage

Album number five of Afrobeat-tinged indie pop from the Brussels-based French singer-songwriter Frànçois Marry and his band

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  1. 8.0 |   Mojo

    The only musical shift is Bete Morcelee, which isn't grunge but zippy punk; the rest reprise Marry's trademark conjoining of equally joyous Afro-pop and Anglo-phonic guitar-pop. Print edition only

  2. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    Even if your French is as miserable as the average Briton’s, there’s a romance to Mirage that requires no translation, and not just because of Marry’s admittedly smoky accented purr
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  3. 7.0 |   AU Review

    There’s enough here that makes listening to it just interesting enough to make me want to reconsider the depth of my French vocabulary
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  4. 6.0 |   DIY

    A firm step on the way to cementing a solid, humanist vision
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  5. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    African highlife influences return, but more striking this time is their gift for deftly intertwining rhythms and melodies
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  6. 6.0 |   Uncut

    An occasionally frustrating listen, but never a dull one. Print edition only

  7. 6.0 |   Q

    Despite its avowed politics, it lacks firm presence or real weight. Print edition only

  8. 6.0 |   The Irish Times

    Packed to the gills with graceful grooves and immaculate, slinky confidence.
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