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Yelle: Safari Disco Club (Downtown/Cooperative USA/V2)

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Unless you're fluent in French, you'll miss the details of Yelle's lyrics—but the nature of this Gallic dance-pop trio's second album is obvious: pure fun.

From the percussive electro of the title track to the remedial house beats of "Comme Un Enfant" to the '80s Madonna vibe of "Que Veux-Tu," it ain't nothing but a party with singer Julie Budet and her partners in crime, Jean-François Perrier and Tanguy Destable.

Safari Disco Club is a disarmingly addictive album, even for cynical listeners, in large part because the group never seems to take itself too seriously and isn't as self-consciously outré as, say, Lady Gaga. Yelle has been circulating among interesting company of late; the group is currently in between tours opening for Katy Perry and Robyn.

Budet's bouncy, slightly petulant vocals—despite subtle touches of Auto-Tune—may cause listeners to flash on sympathetic singers such as the Ting Tings' Katie White, Pink and the great Clare Grogan of Altered Images.

Some of the best tracks here, such as "La Musique" and "S'éteint le Soleil," represent a collision of bubblegum sexpot and krautrock voodoo; think Brigitte Bardot meets Kraftwerk. Then there is the most excellent "J'ai Bu," which sounds uncannily like a classic synth-pop charmer à la OMD or Depeche Mode.

I just can't get enough of this disc.

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