Not her best, but better than anyone else's
James M. Freedberg | Salem, MA United States | 04/27/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I don't agree with Mr. Turk about L'AUTRE being similar to Enigma -- except in the sense that Farmer & Boutonnat have taken back FROM Enigma the sound that Enigma took from Farmer's previous CD, AINSI SOIT-JE ("L;horloge" especially). I don't agree with Mr. Lukasziewicz that this is Farmer's best CD : AINSI SOIT-JE has a richer palette of subject matter, ANAMORPHOSEE has better songs, and INNAMORAMENTO has better everything. Still, who else out there has a song as scary -- yet rhythmic -- as "Psychiatric," or an art-rock Eurodisco ennui song as encompassing as "Desenchantee"? (recently covered, incredibly, by Irish chanteuse Kate Ryan -- amazing!) As for the downbeat, darkly orchestrated ballads in which this CD indulges, they're simply the best that "Goth" has to offer -- far profounder, darker, and more deterministic and lush than any of the predictable Nordic stuff that aspires to EBM/darkside stardom. Mylene is a unique artist, the most influential French variete performer in the world -- and L'AUTRE has much to offer;' but now go listen to INNAMORENTO -- not to mention the fantastic, recent songs she's done : "C'est une belle journee," "Effets seconfaires," "L'histoire d'une fee," "Pardonne-moi." If you wanna hear "best," these are they!"
Sara Coney | Isa Town, BH | 04/02/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Mylene Farmer is just amazing. She has the voice of an angel. What I like most about her is that she is different than all the other French singers. She is definitely the best singer for me. The best track in this album is "Il N Y A Pas D Ailleurs" and "Desenchantee". Everything you need is in this album."