I first thought this review would consist of a few general comments about Perle De Culture. But with each track I played, it was becoming more apparent that I couldn’t possibly do it justice in two or three paragraphs. And by the time I was half way through the album, I knew this was no ordinary record; I had no choice but to dig in and go for the special track-by-track treatment [Patent pending].
The tradition, in Konpa, of a lead singer leaving a group to form his own, is one that often assigns an unrealistic amount of pressure and undue expectations on that singer’s first project with his new group (see Ti Manno, Gman etc…). The past 12 months, we’ve had three defections of note: