Racine Carrée

  • Type: Music
  • By: Stromae
  • Age Category: Adults
  • Genre: World
  • Recommended by: Morgan D.
  • ISBN/UPC: 602537502196
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Mesmerizing, downtrodden hip-hop and electronic dance music from Belgium.

Stromae is huge in Europe, but hasn’t caught on quite so quickly in the US. You don’t need to understand French, though, to love his wickedly catchy beats and deadpan delivery. There’s a bitter edge to most of these tracks, laced with remarkable empathy: “Papaoutai” is an angry indictment of absent fathers; “Tous les mêmes” is a danceable account of a failed relationship from a woman’s perspective (with an absolutely fantastic video); and “Formidable” is another breakup tune, this time a ballad that channels the heart-rending voice of Jacques Brel.