Charlotte Adigery and Bolis Pupul
Topical Dancer


4.0
excellent

Review

by Brandon Taylor USER (39 Reviews)
April 30th, 2022 | 6 replies


Release Date: 2022 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Topical + Dancer = Outstanding

Topical = biting, satirical, speak-sang lyrics taking aim at xenophobes, fetishists and critics.

Dancer = hard-edged house, techno and electropop beats in the vein of Against All Logic.

Charlotte Adigéry brings the topical and Bolis Pupul brings the dancer in their first collaborative album, which is a prime example of a sum being greater than its parts. On paper, Charlotte’s observations might elicit a smirk, a momentary “oh that’s clever”. On their own, Bolis’ beats could definitely fill a dance floor but might become tiresome after 51 minutes. Together however, the duo’s vocals and production combine to complement and highlight each other’s strengths.

The brutally honest lyrics of “It Hit Me” are paired with a caustic, industrial beat that is almost painful, which tells you that this isn’t an easy listen and forces you pay closer attention to the confrontational stories being told. The dance groove on “Haha” is on its own serviceable, but is elevated into a uniquely whimsical triumph through Charlotte’s cackling vocalisations that punctuate the track.

Topical Dancer has a sense of seriousness in its themes and sound design, but then its delivery demonstrates a complete lack of it. Pay attention to the take-downs of racists, but don’t you dare stop dancing while you do so. It is an album that lyrically and conceptually pushes the boundaries of art-pop, and (even more impressively) it does so in an incredibly listenable way. Oh, and points for the album cover, which is one of best I’ve seen.

Here’s to a fruitful career of collaborations between these two exciting new artists. The sum of the equation is clear: Topical + Dancer = Outstanding.



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Lord(e)Po)))ts
April 30th 2022


70239 Comments


been meaning to peep this, love charlotte

parksungjoon
April 30th 2022


46886 Comments


was hoping it would be a pots review

ArsMoriendi
April 30th 2022


40745 Comments


Listening to "Esperanto" and I'm actually impressed...which is rare for me with random song listens

But also it reminds me of Laurie Anderson like A LOT, like the way her vocal poetry is presented

OOPS "Blenda" came on too, and this is also great, VERY different

Do I need to check this?

brandontaylor
April 30th 2022


1227 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

definitely check this, loses a bit of steam after the first 4 proper tracks but is still pretty fantastic throughout

SharkTooth
April 30th 2022


14917 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is good shit yes

mkmusic1995
Contributing Reviewer
November 3rd 2022


1572 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Still one of my faves from this year! Awesome production and Charlotte's lyrics are extremely biting



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