Monday, April 09, 2007

Life after Le Roi Soleil - let battle commence

When you have become an overnight star thanks to your leading role in a musical which has become a true phenomenon, where do you go next?
If you are Emmanuel Moire and Christophe Mae, stars of "Le Roi Soleil" - you both make a debut album. Emmanuel had hits with "Etre a la Hauteur" and "Mon Essentiel". He was the leading man who played the "Sun King" himself - I never thought I'd ever fall for a man in such ridiculous wigs but hey, there's a first time for everything - and his debut "La Ou Je Pars" showcases his very nice voice which is given plenty of opportunity to soar on various songs written by some of France's more credible songwriters - e.g. Kyo frontman Benoit Poher. Overall, it's a very pleasant but a little safe, however he is a very good singer whom I predict a bright future for.
Christophe Mae, on "Mon Paradis" has chosen to write his own songs and find his own musical style which is very influenced by Jack Johnson. Christophe played the king's brother in "Le Roi Soleil" and had hit singles with "Un Geste de Vous" and "Ca Marche". He has a more youthful, funkier image than Emmanuel which may ensure that he is a bigger success in the short term, however I find his yelping vocal style very annoying and he seems to yelp a bit too much for my liking.
Therefore if I had to make a choice it would be Emmanuel Moire, but he needs to take more risks on his next album.

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