Nicolas Ternisien - Je Flechis Le Genou

Friday 8th November 2002
Nicolas Ternisien - Je Flechis Le Genou
Nicolas Ternisien - Je Flechis Le Genou

RATING 6 6 6 6 6 6
LABEL: Latitude LATCD6

Reviewed by Pippa Rimmer

French singer/songwriter Nicolas Ternisien may not be a familiar name this side of the Channel but he has a few albums under his belt in his native country. ‘Je Flechis Le Genou’ (I Bow The Knee) is a boppy collection of praise songs which might be considered tame by British or American standards. Monsieur Ternisien’s voice makes the grade, ranging from plaintive to mellow according to the songs’ requirements. It’s uncanny to hear songs sung in French with added Americanisms (“Oh yeah” and “Woah!”) - such is the influence of American culture on even our Gallic brothers and sisters. However, Nicolas manages to pull off a pleasant enough album, with tracks such as the pleading “Emporte Moi” (Carry Me) and the jubilant “Mon Deuil En Allegresse” (Mourning Into Joy) sitting nicely in the musical arrangement. All in all though, fairly undemanding for those looking for something a little more meaty. Quel dommage!

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