Mylene Farmer – Bleu Noir (2010)

Based on the lead single and album opener “Oui Mais Non,” one might expect this eight album from the mysterious, fascinating pop star to be a thunderous, Lady Gaga-esque celebration of top-tier pop-dance. Instead, the rest of the album’s tracks are primarily confessional singer-songwriter fodder parsed out over mid-tempo rhythms, topped off with some of her best-ever lyrics. The title track is a terrific example of the album’s sophisticated, deeply meaningful and downright poetic lyrical prowess, while songs like “Diabolique Mon Ange,” “M’effondre” and the Moby-produced “Inseparables” find the performer stretching out her admittedly limited vocals and finding a new, mournful sound. It’s a great album albeit a slow-moving, often sad one, and would likely remind longtime fans of her earlier work.

Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)

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