With music videos from Taylor Swift & Katy Perry under his director's belt, I had low expectations from Yoann "Woodkid" Lemoine's debut album The Golden Age.
Much to my delight, the album is nothing like the bubblegum crap videos that he's famous for. Each song holds a bold & busy cinematic power that lends itself to generic visuals quite easily, so I would think by the end of the year they'll all be in Zooey Deschanel's TV sitcom or an iPod commercial. Lemoine's voice is pleasant enough but it really doesn't do a whole lot of exploration. While the ambitious songwriting and production is admirable, Lemoine throws it all at you too early in the songs and they never really progress from there.
3 lives out of 5