Bette & Wallet

Electrique (Saspooray)

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The duo of Mary Beth Carty and Gabriel Ouelette is back with a slight tweak–he plugged in his guitar. She traded in her accordion, for the most part, for electric bass. Occasionally, as on "Administration," you may be lured into prog-rock reverie before Celtic lilt and Acadian clatter take over. There's a passionate critique, en français, of the shopping imperative in "Aubaine, Aubaine." Carty envisions a scenario which refutes most action films, where "Aliens are Nice," and socialists to boot. Banjo, a children's chorus and "Voila Obama" move Electrique into a kitchen party not afraid to talk politics, rounding out a pleasing re-emergence.

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