By Everett's Twin
Ariane Moffatt's third studio album, "Tous les sens" is a force of smart, engaging, pop music. Her influences are clear and well-integrated, if occasionally disparate. From electronic (most notably seen on both 'Jeudi, 17 mai') to hip-hop (on the album's title track) to a folkier sound reminiscent of fellow Canadian chanteuse Feist (on 'Briser un coeur' and 'Reverbére'), Moffatt covers most musical ground. A notable track is the slow building, African-inspired 'Éternel instant présent,' which begins with the tinkering of an old-fashioned music box. Here, Moffatt's inspirations merge to produce a subtle but strong display of Moffatt's best musical assets - her ear for rhythm and her uncanny and breathtaking knack for well-timed, poignant vocalization. In spite of the fact that the album's end drags a bit, it is all in all, a winner. The American music scene needs more like Miss Moffatt. I'm thrilled that iTunes has finally included Moffatt's music in it's U.S. store.