Marc & Robert
Les Rita Mitsouko
1988: Virgin France 869082
This album took a long, long time to grow on me. Initially in fact I disliked it, but I recognized that this was because Id been introduced to nearly half of these songs in later versions *before* I heard the originals (including in the context of this album), mostly on Re (Ailleurs I first heard on Acoustiques in the duet with Princesse Erika). On top of that, the albums name was confusing and its artwork is just about repellent.
Now that I know the story behind the nameas I recall, they had suggested it to some musician friends named Marc and Robert as the name for their group, and when the guys declined the suggestion Catherine and Fred decided to use it as an album name, as a kind of jokeand listen to the album as a whole instead of hearing each song separately, I do like it after all, with a particular fondness for Harpie & Harpo and Le Petit Train. The pairing with Sparks for four of these tracks has an odd effect on the overall sound, but as yet another parallel with Eurythmics its reminiscent of Dave & Annies collaboration with Chris & Cosey for 1986s Sweet Surprise.
Comments © 2005 Mark Ellis Walker, except as noted, and no claim is made to the images and quoted lyrics.