12 May 2012 – M. Pokora – In Pursuit of Happiness Tour, Zenith, Paris
Before starting this report, I want to tell you that I am relatively attentive to the career of M. Pokora for "MP3" published in 2008 - this is a record I love and I still listen quite often today. So why did I start my review by this ? Just because I deplore the artistic direction he has chosen to " In the pursuit of happiness " : I'm not at all excited about his new songs and my biggest fear was that his show fully build around this album. Those who attended the know : This is unfortunately what happened. I try to remain objective throughout this report by my best to describe the show by ignoring my opinion on certain titles. Good, I promise you nothing ! I bought my ticket in concert last year while he was still in the operation of "Getting To Day" and I could not doubt that I would not like at all what would follow ... I spent a pleasant evening anyway and I intend to be honest !
Arrival at the Zenith in Paris to 19.30 area : front row bleachers, I am delighted to be so well placed. Sometimes the mood is not always as good as pit, but when you bump : there are not many alternatives to be well placed… The first part is a fairly trivial pop-rock group : the only thing I carry is that the singer has worked with MP on his album. A countdown appears on the big screens and go for a tornado screaming and shouting (My neighbor named Cathy) until it falls ... 10-9-8-7-6… (Cathy : " Oh fuck ! »)…5-4…(Cathy : "I'll piss on me ! »)…3-2-1… 0 !
Synth ... The screen above the stage structure will light to stream a video shot during the photoshoot for the album and you hear the voice of M. Pokora read a text about happiness ... " Happiness, Formula looking somewhere… 7 letters that define the purpose of existence, each tends to be found in a large study [blablabla] ». The Panel s'ouvre in a éclat de lumière et MP appears in "Course" which therefore acts intro. He is dressed in a costume that is between orange and gold and is perfectly tuned to the ambience images. I admit that I would have appreciated a little more dynamic entry, but it at least has the merit of the tone of the concert ! Cut to instant " Again + Fort » : good, Now'm beginning to say that I do not like the pieces ? I'll wait a bit - I will let me later, it is only the second ! Pretty staging and beautiful energy - shame what the song is zero. Rha, sorry, I could not help myself ! It passes " Just A Picture Of You " I appreciate - I suspect a slight playback on the first verse, because the voice was not at all the same as the rest of the title, he has indeed sung while dancing : nice time !
For his first contact with the public, MP welcomes us on this tour and explains that they all worked hard so that we have given a nice evening ! S’en Suit " The necessary time " : exception that proves the rule because I love this song <3. This is the only song from the new album that I listen with pleasure. Ravi necessarily as part of the show ! Superb long as you can see on the blog YouTube channel ! " Not without you ", afterthought to the setlist to fill the gap former 'hits' - it's a nice title that fits pretty well in mind more 'French variety' concert. First video of the show interlude before we projected in the years 20 with a nice massacre "She Control Me" and « Dangerous » coupled in a medley and remixed with Sauce « jazzy-cabaret » : First we say ‘WTF ???’ and then we realize that the only songs he piochées in previous discs find themselves literally bidonnées by chiantissimes arrangements : shit. It takes more or hallucinating ?!
It continues with another song Bitchy, " If you leave ", that has at least the merit of being quite well staged. M. Pokora has taken the place he had at the beginning of the show : at the top of the structure and is illuminated by a light beam. Good, you tell me that it does not break three legs to a duck, but what you do not know is that the spots revved certain piece of times to mimic a sort of electric shock. I do not think be very clear, but anyway : it makes great ! ! It then moves on « Mon Evidence », I have nothing to say about it, because the song is zero and there is nothing on stage. The timing sucks quintessential. Second video interlude : presentation of dancers ! Although I must admit that it is the passage that I preferred ! Lol ! With music "daft-punkienne", each artist shows his specialty in the midst of a flood of techno lights ! It's really super nice ! And thanks to the energy of the troupe, launching "Dance on My Music" is in the madness : it is "The" club-banger the new album. Do not dwell on the words, but scenically, it looks good : one of the best moments of the show ! I would have preferred a concert in this spirit a little more "technological" elsewhere, more consistent with all of his career rather than what most register "Variétoche" he served us throughout the evening : but would stay again in my conclusion ! A bridge « dubstep » was added to the original song and lets MP and his company make us a pretty cool invigorating choreography !
In rapid succession " We are here " latest single dated - if the staging is energetic, song level is false end to end ! We feel that he can not put his voice : head voice / chest voice, it is in pain ! The time is still pretty darn cool, because there the atmosphere and you feel like dancing ! Moreover, it is this piece that I chose to illustrate this article puisqu'assez representative of " better " concert ! My neighbor Cathy starts complaining and demanding titles she knows ... My poor Cath ', it is all in the same shit and not with "Die Tonight" it will change the situation ! The mic is out to make us understand that we enter another time well boring. At the end of the song, he moved to piano "My Doll", and that, I did not want to talk. OK, he made the effort to learn to play piano for the show, but he could have chosen to play a really unexpected thing what - that's exactly the kind of ballad that does not address all the public so it is clear that even if the approach is friendly, it will remain fairly in the memories of people who do not fall within houses "Girl under 15 years ". At the end of the song, I'm still relieved to hear that he still remembers that he has a directory different from the last album : it's time to" Waiting for the end ". Good, there were better. But we will be content, especially as the track has a new orchestration slightly more upbeat, the instrument being somewhat modeled on the track "You and I" by Guillaume Grand.
After a short black-scene, he returned with a stained army jacket many paintings brands to interpret "My Dreamers" : this is the time when his fans decided to surprise him brandishing her messages. I did not see what was written on the leaves : I could not see from where I stood, but he seemed touched. Its label takes the opportunity to give him a diamond disc for sales of "In Pursuit of Happiness". Matt has not merited the snubs at this point to the release of "MP3", but this album is not worth then not a reward, because it is, artistically speaking, well below his previous two ! But we all know, rankings are often not representative of quality. This closed parenthesis : I'm still happy for him, I've always found sincere in his approach while considering the efforts it provides for some years for recognition in the middle, it is that he manages to get good returns on their work. " Thank you for being ", Another excerpt from "In Pursuit of Happiness", punctuates the concert of a sunbeam. I was not especially thrilled with the title on the disc, but I must admit that the scene of spring a little something nice. The brand is associated with a small chorea somewhat comical : I liked !
S’en suit " To our missteps " : the piece that met more success tonight ! I appreciate the song as everyone, but I've heard so much that this is not the way I would keep in memory. Good, you need to find a little jaded, but frankly, I just attended a concert in which I can not stand half titles interpreted so there, I just want to be surprised ! It ends with " Just a moment " : one feels especially created for the tour : " I want to hear you sing, oh oh oh oh, sing with me, oh oh oh » – Moreover it is quite recurrent in the album : All the pieces seem to have been designed for the stage, we say easily : like, it, it's perfect to sing with the public, like, it, it is the emotional moment, like, it will be excellent in final. It is long overdue. Fortunately, remains the booster with a cover of Leonard Coen : « Hallelujah » Who is here, a real surprise. I think he was just, both in the voice of clear sensitivity. And I want to scream : whore, finally a good idea !!! Lol ! Short, I loved ... If only he could learn from this kind of songs for later…
In concluding this article, I would like to take stock of all that has been said ! Because it is still an exceptional case ! You understand : At no moment, I have questioned his showmanship (whether at the level of his vocal delivery, scenic, etc.) although things are improving : I found that it was holding quite well her concert and we see that it takes a real pleasure with his team. The show itself is successful : there is a decor, video projections, beautiful lights - good, the whole is not very original to me who has attended dozens of shows like this, but we feel that there is work and everything is well controlled. The big downside for me and I must admit that I was disappointed monstrously : it is the choice of songs. With its turn variétoche, he completely denied his previous directory in favor of his new songs. When you go see an artist on stage : we obviously expected to sing the best songs from his current album, but we also appreciate that the conduct to be old (re-orchestrated or not), at least the singles that have forged its success before ! Where are they brothel ?! Between "She Control Me" and "Dangerous" mixed into a rotten medley and "Just A Picture Of You" and "Waiting For The End" that duel amid the dung of "In Pursuit of Happiness" : we can not say that quotas have been met !
Short, I figured really sucks at times contrary to "Getting On Day Tour" I found impressive despite the limited means - also I invite you to read the report if it is not done, for you to realize the discrepancy between my critique of the current tour and the previous. and yet, I had already pointed out that it did not interpret enough old songs : it was frankly the moment to reverse the balance after his success related to "Dancing With The Stars". After this is just my opinion : Many of you, I'm sure, appreciated the album and liked the concert, but I'm sure not the only one to not be receptive to the music he makes today. that being said, I invite you to discover the videos I captured and photos of the show in the gallery. Join me now in Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to be informed of the news blog and take the opportunity to discover all the articles on MP by clicking right here : M. Pokora.
Setlist : course / Again + Fort / Just A Picture Of You / The necessary time / Not without you / It Control Me / Dangerous / Mon Evidence / If you leave / Dance On My Music / We are here / Die Tonight / my Doll / Waiting for the end / my Dreamers / Thank you for being / To our missteps / Just a moment / Hallelujah