Sebastien Tellier has brought us La Ritournelle, L’amour et la Violence, Sexual Sportswear and produced one of the greatest electronic albums ever in Sexuality alongside Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo of Daft Punk. Daft Punk uses Tellier’s Universe in their film Electroma and Tellier’s music has been used in various other media, even in video games. His stage performances are brilliant and his overall character is smooth like butter. So what else is there left for Tellier to accomplishment? Evidently a lot as his latest album is very ambitious. How exactly do you follow up an album like Sexuality, an album that explores sexual emotions through electronic music. The answer, in fact, is rather simple – explore every other emotion. Is Tellier successful at doing this in his latest release, My God is Blue, or will fans long for a different coloured god?
My God is Blue is a meaty album consisting of 12 songs all of which possess their own character and vibe. Tellier starts things off slow and steady with Pepito Bleu and picks things up with one of my favourites from the album, The Colour of Your Mind. And this style, slow and steady leading into an upbeat production, is the overall flow of My God is Blue. Other than that, Tellier pays homage to genres like disco, rock, blues and pop while sprinkling on that special Tellier ingredient. The songs, however, don’t flow all that well together but this is a very minor gripe and doesn’t take away from the album’s whole. For instance, Mayday following Russian Attractions doesn’t sit too well in my ear but again, a very minor gripe.
The vocals are top notch and it’s refreshing to hear Tellier sing in English. I have to admit, when listening to Sexuality, I couldn’t decipher if Tellier was singing in English or French so whenever I sing the songs aloud it sounds like gibberish. As for instrumental only music, My God is Blue falls short (two instrumentals) but what is instrumental only, Draw Your World, which is full of guitar riffs ala Daft Punk, sounds spectacular. Lastly, the album closes with a powerful instrumental utilizing organs and guitars (very Justice-like), a complete opposite vibe to the introduction, and leaves listeners on a cliffhanger of sorts. For me, it made me want to start the album over and listen again.
My god is certainly blue after listening to Tellier’s latest iteration. It articulates all sorts of feelings through electro, guitars, organs, and especially Tellier’s soulful vocals. There is a very limited number of negatives in this album, the only one coming to mind is that the songs don’t flow entirely well together but this does nothing to hurt the overall feel of My God is Blue. There is still a lot of fight left in Tellier after almost 12 years in the electronic music business. If this album isn’t an accolade, if it isn’t considered one of the top albums of 2012, your gods must be colourless.
My God is Blue: 4 out of 5