Live Review: Yelle @ Masquerade – Atlanta, GA

Concert Reviews, Features, Music — By on May 9, 2011 8:22 pm

By Geneva Toddy

ATLANTA, GA — Yelle graced the stage of Atlanta’s Masquerade with the promise of giving the best show possible. They certainly did not disappoint.

Originally from France, Yelle brought its electro-pop style to America with nothing lost in translation. The band sings in French, which would lead you to believe that anything they sing would be meaningless to the majority of American listeners who probably only know French words like “oui,” “merci,” or “bonjour.” However, that was not the case. Constant up-beat songs allowed for everyone to jump and dance however they felt necessary with no translation needed. If you’re attending a concert like Yelle’s, you will not be standing idly against a wall.

Yelle performed many songs from the newly released Safari Disco Club, along with a few pieces from Pop-Up including “Je Veux Te Voir.” Usually, a crowd isn’t keen to the idea of hearing new songs. They want to sing along with the band to songs they actually know. This isn’t the case for electro-pop music. If the crowd can dance and jump to it, they’ll love to hear a new song.

A problem that arises with this kind of music is that if music is too electronic or too edited in the studio, it won’t come across as clean live. More often than not, singers sound too perfect on an album and it’s ruined as soon as they open their mouths on stage. Again, this is not the case for Yelle. Lead singer Julie Budet sounds the same live as she does on record, but maybe even performs the songs better live. There’s not a single stagger in her voice, even with all of the dancing she does on stage.

GrandMarnier (Jean-François Perrier) didn’t miss a beat on his drums and backing vocals matched the perfection heard in Yelle’s. Tepr (Tanguy Destable) played keyboards like a pro, and again, matched the overall perfection that is often missed in a live performance. Comparing the songs live to on the album, Yelle brings so much energy to the stage. Everyone moves and plays with all they’ve got with no inhibition. If you aren’t a fan of Yelle based on the albums, go to at least one show. The energy alone is worth the price of the ticket. If Yelle is an example of all French bands, France may very well be the lead in creating astounding musicians.

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