Why? Well, because this is so nice. It's loaded with well written pop songs, sometimes nudging to punk rock. Opener 'It's Up To You', for example, is an uptempo sing-along tune with eighties sounding keyboards. Blondie comes to mind, as well as bands like The B-52's, Slowdive, Garbage and No Doubt. 'Where Ever You Run' is another one of those blissful pop rock songs, simply irresistible and certainly suited for a warm day on a festival ground.
Yet, there is more to this band than inelaborate pop rock tunes. The ballad 'What's Wrong' shows an emotional and soulful band. Somehow, this has become one of my favorites on 'So Close So Far', perhaps because of the electronics but probably because it's a brilliant ballad. On other occasions the keyboards take over and the whole thing takes on a synthpop-meets-indie-rock approach, which is pretty damn interesting as well.
To be honest, I was not expecting too much from this album. As I said in the opening paragraph, the French seem to live in a musical universe of their own, and sometimes that results in a disappointment. Here however, you get nine excellent pop rock songs, inspired by vintage hard rock, shoegaze and a decent knowledge of electronic arrangements. This album is going right into my day-to-day playlist.