Music

Eux Autres: Hell Is Eux Autres

Jason MacNeil

Reissue gives brilliantly hooky pop band a second crack at a larger audience, and it's well worth it.


Eux Autres

Hell Is Eux Autres

Label: Grenadine
First date: 2004-01-01
US Release Date: 2006-06-06
UK Release Date: Available as import
Amazon
iTunes

Originally released in 2004, this album has found a new life with a new label. And that’s a good thing. While there is a Parisian vibe underneath these songs, the record, produced by Janet Weiss, has some simple but smart pop gems beginning with “Ecoutez Bien”, with its “woohoo” in the vein of Blur’s “Song 2”. It makes you want to boogie like Austin Powers. Fans of Bishop Allen would love this record, because it’s very infectious, especially “Other Girls”, with its handclaps and melody that has you humming along. The brother-sister pair of Heather and Nicholas Larimer is based in Portland, but the French is spot on. “Salut Les Copains” is rock-oriented and has a ‘60s hue to it, as does the infectious “The Sundance Kid” and the equally pleasing, dual-lead vocals on “The Things They Carried”. Aside from the slower, romantic “Wind and Windows”, this is choppy, punchy rock. While all of the songs are highlights and could carry most albums, “Partick Nil” is hard not to put on repeat. The same can be said for “Carolina!”, which again is chock full of hooks and sing-along portions. C’est tres good!

8

The 10 Best Debut Albums of 2009

Continuing our celebration of PopMatters' 20th anniversary, we revisit our 10 picks for the best debut albums of 2009. It turns out our selections were prescient as many of these artists have gone on to storied careers. Travel back to 2009 and see them again for the first time.

Music

The 60 Best Albums of 2009

PopMatters turns 20 years old this October and we're beginning to celebrate our history by taking you back in time a decade ago. Obama was in the White House and the musical times were very good indeed. Revisit 2009 through its best albums.

Music
Pop Ten
Mixed Media
PM Picks

© 1999-2018 Popmatters.com. All rights reserved.
Popmatters is wholly independently owned and operated.