Fosbury - Tahiti 80

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 06 October, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 06 October, 2005, 12:00am

Tahiti 80 is a French quartet who borrowed their name from a tasteless souvenir T-shirt.

Their first two full-length albums, Puzzle (1999) and Wallpaper for the Soul (2002), found success in unexpected places such as Japan. Tahiti 80's wide appeal can be attributed to their soulful pop which is an easy listen.

The band took a completely different approach to create Fosbury, which may not impress their long-standing fans.

The 14-track album was inspired by hip-hop artists, vintage 1980s pop-rock acts such as New Order and Curtis Mayfield's soulful hits.

Two tracks - Changes and the opener Big Day - symbolise the group's new sounds. They have a heavier rhythm than the ones on their previous albums.

However, numbers such as Something About You Girl and Paradise are mellower and remind listeners of Tahiti 80's favourite tunes.

Despite what the band's unhappy fans may say, Fosbury is worth the money.