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French Music - Released January 1, 2013 | Universal Music Division Barclay

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French Music - Released November 22, 2019 | Wagram Music - 3ème Bureau

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French Music - Released July 9, 2020 | Wagram Music - 3ème Bureau

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French Music - Released January 25, 2019 | Wagram Music - 3ème Bureau

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French Music - Released April 7, 2017 | Wagram Music - 3ème Bureau

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French Music - Released November 24, 2017 | Wagram Music - 3ème Bureau

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French Music - Released December 24, 2019 | Wagram Music - 3ème Bureau

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French Music - Released September 27, 2009 | Union Square Music

3 stars out of 5 -- "[A] masterpiece. Funny, literate, danceable, it was as much the sound of 1979 as Chic's GOOD TIMES..." © TiVo
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French Music - Released March 29, 2010 | Metro

Of course, "Pop Muzik" was the only song on M's debut album, New York-London-Paris-Munich, to become a big hit ("Moonlight and Muzak" and "That's the Way the Money Goes" were minor chart entries in the U.K.), but there's actually quite a bit of entertaining music on the record. Granted, the sound of the record is more entertaining than the songwriting, but with its synthesized, danceable beats, big, catchy hooks, and glossy "futuristic" production, it's a terrific new wave artifact. © Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo
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French Music - Released September 20, 2019 | Wagram Music - 3ème Bureau

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French Music - Released May 15, 2020 | Wagram Music - 3ème Bureau

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French Music - Released November 22, 2018 | Wagram Music - 3ème Bureau

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French Music - Released November 1, 2006 | EuropaCorp

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French Music - Released March 29, 2017 | Wagram Music - 3ème Bureau

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French Music - Released December 16, 2016 | Wagram Music - 3ème Bureau

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French Music - Released March 24, 2017 | Labo M - Gaumont - Flamme Films

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French Music - Released November 18, 2017 | Wagram Music - 3ème Bureau

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French Music - Released August 20, 2018 | Wagram Music - 3ème Bureau

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French Music - Released March 25, 2017 | Wagram Music - 3ème Bureau

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French Music - Released March 29, 2010 | Metro

It was hardly a surprise that the follow-up to M's debut album didn't contain a song as groundbreaking as "Pop Muzik" -- or a tune that was anywhere near as big a hit as his one and only global chart-topper. Instead of trying to duplicate that near-perfect slice of electro, M (aka Robin Scott) veered off in several directions, exploring a slightly rockier sound as well as a fair amount of experimental noodling. The core band is the same as on New York, London, Paris, Munich -- including future Level 42 frontman Mark King, keyboardist Wally Badarou, and session saxman supreme Gary Barnacle -- but the looser arrangements here give them more room to stretch out (sometimes too much), and they get occasional help from strings and even Uillean pipes. Yet if the sound of Official Secrets Act isn't quite as futuristic as its predecessor, Scott's lyrics preach pure sci-fi paranoia, heavily Orwell-ian and as obsessed with corporations and governments as Big Brothers. When the tunes are good, and a few are, it all makes for entertaining theater; "Official Secrets" jumbles synths and guitars into the sort of colorful, surprise-filled mix Scott was a master at assembling, and the suave French synth pop of "Abracadabra" is equally appealing. It's the meandering atmospherics of cuts like "Transmission" and "Mayday" that frustrate; the deliberately uninvolved sound suggests Scott was determined to run as far away as possible from his Top 40 success. Which he ended up doing, but the more focused efforts here show he didn't have to. Collectors note: The 1997 reissue of the album contains six bonus tracks that feature frequent M collaborator Brigit Novic, including a couple of keyboard-heavy keepers. © Dan LeRoy /TiVo