ALBUM NOBODY'S BIZZNESS RELEASE:
JUNE 1, 2004 REVIEW: MAY 18, 2004
tried to visit the web address just
now. There is nothing there, apparently.
The ultimate website for shameless
exhibitionism is not even used then.
Or maybe the address is just too damn
”I Com” is Caroline Herve
on her own legs as a musician for
the first time. Let’s forget
the album which she recorded with
The Hacker for a moment and remember
that Herve is a professional DJ with
two very good mix records behind her
and a much coveted residency at Sven
Väth’s Cocoon club in Frankfurt.
In her efforts to create her own music,
she uses the same general pattern
that can be found in DJ sets. Fast
and slow tracks alternate and the
moods shift to form a varied and interesting
mix in order to keep the clubbers/listeners
interested through the whole set.
These are things that good DJ:s constantly
have to consider. How can I find fresh
combinations and smooth transitions
between very different elements? The
DJ however, has a world of music at
her disposal. The musician must, although
the use of samples does make musical
composition somewhat similar to DJ:ing,
create this music from scratch before
she can go about making this harmonious
This is where Caroline Herve fails.
For all it's eclecticism, ”I
Com” is just a collection of
lost little stray songs with weak
melodies and run-of-the-mill beats
that do not stand on their own in
any way. The punkish attitude of the
album places the new Miss Kittin alongside
her Berlin friends Peaches and Chicks
on Speed, but the music is much more
bland and many of the lyrics are downright
silly. The whispered tech speak on
”I Come.com” make me embarrassed
the same way I get embarrassed from
watching people on TV rom-coms make
fools of themselves. Herve also sings
a lot here besides doing the deadpan
chanting we know from ”The First
Album”, and while there is nothing
wrong with her voice, neither is there
anything special about it.
The first single ”Professional
Distortion” has Herve listing
all the dreary chores she has to handle
as an international superstar (hard
stuff like getting up every day) and
stands out among the otherwise anemic
tracks as being a bit groovy. In ”3eme
Sexe” she tries on the Serge
Gainsbourg lolita dress, which she
has already worn in an unfortunate
rendition of ”Je T’aime…”
with Sven Väth, but this time
it works a little better.
In short, ”I Com” is the
playhouse of Caroline Herve where
she gets to do anything that catches
her fancy, and to focus totally on
the ”me me me” approach.
It reminds me of her official web
site, full of spontaneous hand written
diary notes and funny pictures. The
album is even released on her own
label to ensure total creative freedom.
I can’t help thinking that freedom
isn’t worth much until you understand
the rules you want to break.