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Bob Sinclar III Review

Album. Released 2003.  

BBC Review

Bob Sinclar, the nom de plume of Christophe Le Friant, the self-styled disco don,...

Jack Smith 2003

"The international man of mystery was fun for one or two records. I've had fun, now I want to be myself". So proclaims Bob Sinclar, the nom de plume of Christophe Le Friant, the self-styled disco don, major lynchpin and retro activist in the continual rise of Gallic dance.

There's no doubting that previous hits, that have included the top 10 smash "I Feel For You", have placed the Frenchman at the forefront of the new wave of producers who've taken their inspiration from the heady days of yore and added a contemporary twist.

Today however he's ready for something new: "I didn't want to recycle the old classics, but I wanted something original with a view into the future. It was not to be cold or new wave, it's a new electronic disco sound". And herein lies the problem. Never has the adage if-it-aint-broke-don't-fix-it been more apt. There's no use either in us trying to sugar coat it, III, his latest opus, is nothing less than average, and at times dull.

A few years ago Sinclar released Cerrone By Bob Sinclar a selection of original tracks and sympathetic remixes from the influential and hugely successful French 70s disco band. III is clearly his homage Cerrone. It also features collaborations with singer/songwriter Lene Lovich, who previously adapted Cerrones lyrics and Alain Wisniak, who composed two of their biggest hits, "Give Me Love" and "Supernature".

The recent single "The Beat Goes On" is a clear testimony to its inspiration. Other 70s influences are evident with Giorgio Moroder's presence felt on cuts like "Nature Boy" an original offering that smacks of Miami Vice-meets-Midnight Express, and the arpeggio synthesizer overload "Who Needs Sleep Tonight".

The pluses are few and far between. Yes, there's the Mirwais-inspired "La Music Is Fantastique", and the Cameo parody "So High" but the lows are all the more evident.

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