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Minitel Rose The French Machine

With the '80s revival basically reaching "permanent" status over the past few years, bands like Minitel Rose face a pretty daunting uphill climb. While the retro-futurist Tron-meets-Dire Straits artwork for The French Machine certainly raises a giant red flag, this French trio's debut album is a surprisingly solid and promising listen. Sharing more than a few sonic similarities with acts like Klaxons, the boys do toss off a few dull electro bangers, but they're at their best when pairing falsetto vocals with tinny-yet-melodic synth squeals ("Business Woman," "Be With You," "Magic Powder"). As they move forward, let's hope Minitel Rose chooses to worship at the altar of new wave, not new rave.

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