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  • Audio CD (October 8, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Minty Fresh
  • ASIN: B00006L3I6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #326,706 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Wallpaper For The Soul
2. 1,000 Times
3. Separate Ways
4. Get Yourself Together
5. The Other Side
6. Happy End
7. Fun Fair
8. Soul Deep
9. Open Book
10. The Train
11. Don't Look Below
12. Memories Of The Past

Editorial Reviews

The sophomore effort from a French band who sing in English, sold out their entire first US tour, topped the Specialty Charts at US commercial radio, got MTV airplay, and play great pop songs full of dreamy hooks and chunky electric grooves.

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Xavier Boyer's vocals are amazing - like audio sunshine for your soul.
mojober
For example, a song like "Happy End" starts slowly with a piano accompanying the lyrics, followed by a beautiful guitar melody.
Amazon Customer
Every song is just so "airy" and laid back that you don't necessarily need to listen to it close enough to appreciate it.
John Embile

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mini Fresh on October 12, 2002
Format: Audio CD
TAHITI 80
WALLPAPER FOR THE SOUL
"It's a definition of all music," Tahiti 80 frontman Xavier Boyer says, deconstructing the title of the poptastic Paris combo's second album, WALLPAPER FOR THE SOUL. "Imagine your heart as a house. Music is a way to decorate, to bring colors to your life."
In that case, Tahiti 80 is the sonic equivalent of 64-count Crayola. Wallpaper for the Soul is a dazzling kaleidoscope of giddy hooks and airy beauty. Melody and song craft are the primary colors, amidst a dazzling rainbow of orchestral strings, atmospheric electronics and an overall vibe that's both swinging and reflective.
"We always say we make more than pop," Xavier (pronunced, Ex-avee-ay) says. "We love '60s music, but we incorporate newer elements to make it interesting, whether it's R&B, hip-hop, jazz or reggae. Other bands do that too, but we try to make our own personal blend." On Wallpaper for the Soul, the recipe includes everything from the woozily rhythmic title track and the joyous bounce of "1000 Miles" to the majestic mope of "Happy End" and the punchy ear-candy of "Soul Deep."
Tahiti 80 got its unofficial start in 1993, when singer/guitarist Boyer and Portuguese-born bassist Pedro Resende met at the University of Rouen near Normandy. Classes were often skipped in favor of listening to records and learning how to play. A year later, guitarist Mederic Gontier came on board, while Sylvain Marchand, a childhood friend of Boyer's, joined up on drums in 1995.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Chris on October 9, 2002
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On first listen, I'd say this is one of the most well-crafted indie-pop albums I've heard since "Life" by The Cardigans. Definately the best release by Tahiti 80 so far. I'm really impressed by this album because it retains the best aspects of their previous release while carrying over none of the drawbacks. The last album had summery melodies and warm harmonies, but sometimes suffered from being too sappy. The lyrics could also be cheesy at times. But on the new album, the sound is just as "feel good" with a continuation of the good melodies that define this band and this genre of music, but their sound and musicianship is now more refined and mature, as is the songwriting. They have made a good use of strings and electronics to accent their music without overdoing it(like the latest Flaming Lips album). This album shows a nice growth from their last one. Only way that this is album is worse than "Puzzle" is in the cover art work. It's always great to see a band you like improve from album to album. Definately an essential addition to my growing indie-pop collection.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 19, 2002
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Did you ever hear the delightful "Mr. Davies" off the Puzzle LP? That's what Tahiti 80 CAN do that not many others can. That song alone is enough to convince you that they have real poetic and musical genius. Then there's "John Steed" (from the "Extra Pieces" EP), lyrically both beautifully crafted and charming, even funny. There is a droll (yet sincere), tongue-in-cheek approach in their first two records which I've just not found in "Wallpaper".
That said, I keep litening to the title track, "Fun Fair", and "The Other Side" and finding myself strangely refreshed by all three. But for reasons like melody, texture, and orchestration. The lyrics are actually not at all charming, for the most part, and some are just plain banal. It feels like it were written in a big hurry to me. Exhausted rhymes ("As I look back on some nights in the park/Strange meetings in the dark" "Your eyes are like an open book/One can tell everything from the way you look") drape over trite sentiment like bellbottoms over clogs. Ugh. I wish they had sung most of it in French, so that I could pretend to my friends it were as good as it sounds.
Because it sounds GREAT. To the usual (beautiful, fresh) poppy sweet melodies they've really experimented successfully with rich and emotive strings, some wonderfully frank and spare textures, and nifty but subtle space-whistles, Omnichords, etc. It's really gorgeous. Enough for me, at least. I just try not to let myself sing along.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Adam P Boots on February 12, 2004
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Ok, I'm going to keep this short because if you want the LONG VERSION, check out another review (there's a novel-length review on the site here somewhere).
I love this album. It's a new sound, it's got a refreshing tone, and it transcends the lines of genre nicely. The songs have a refreshing pop sensibility with a touch of almost techno sound to them at times. They also have intelligent and interesting lyrics.
This and all the other Tahiti 80 Albums are things that I really do enjoy, but I can admit that they're not for everyone. I have numerous friends who don't like how mellow this album is, but I'd have to say that usually, it's the least open-minded people I know with regards to music, and/or the ones who have tastes that make me want to vomit.
I guess you could say that if you're into the music that you regularly hear on the "rock" stations, you should look somewhere else. Comparitively, this is a somewhat experimental pop album, but when i mean pop, I'm talking about high quality, poppy music, not the generic "lovey-dovey n'sync/brittney spears/New kids on the block/I think I just puked on my shoes" pop. Really, this music to some extent invokes the Beatles to me in that it's experimental, not like much of anything else before it, and just fantastically written and performed.
This is just good music and worth checking out.
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