Attraction

With the release of Attraction, Paris Combo returns to claim its spot as the world's cabaret act.

With the release of Attraction, Paris Combo returns to claim its spot as the world's cabaret act. Belle du Berry, vocalist/accordionist and lyricist extraordinaire, has penned another provocative, slightly out-of-plumb group of songs. For this outing, her lyrical preoccupations range from the peculiar star-gazing contemplation of "Mais Que Fait la Nasa?" to a heartfelt rumination on cows—"Pourquoi Les Vaches . . ."—to a sarcastic tribute to Paris' pollution, "Lettre A P . . ." Du Berry's inspired words are matched by the musical inventiveness of David Lewis, Potzi, Mano Razzanajato, and François-François. Their collective brainstorms are sparked by everything from jazz to eastern European gipsy music to swing and early 20th-century pop standards. Paris Combo's sense of play and the virtuosity of its members combine here to create definitively cool music.—PVV