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  • As Happy as Possible [Sub Pop, 1993] B+

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As Happy as Possible [Sub Pop, 1993]
These anthemic Parisian punks are all form and no conviction, except for the conviction that form is everything. And despite the always uncharismatic and often choral vocals, this suffices. The proximate source is probably PiL--if "Papapapa" isn't their "Poptones," my name is Jah Wobble. But because they mean to be inspirational, even uplifting, they also evoke the Buzzcocks, not to mention Brian Eno (not to mention 999). Trust the French to do neoclassicism right. B+