Review: En cas de tempête, ce jardin sera fermé by Cœur de Pirate

En cas de tempête, ce jardin sera fermé. by Cœur de PirateThe title says it all: Cœur de Pirate is writing in French again. But then, En cas de tempête, ce jardin sera fermé is an extremely personal record. With the language barrier in place you’d need as much context as possible: in the past couple of years Beatrice Martin has been upfront about her sexuality, anxiety, and almost quitting music after exhaustion and personal issues. What this record represents, then, is her taking back control. It’s not a return to the sound of her first two records, but a renewed focus on the piano suggests some sort of solace has been found. Still, across the record – tackling difficult topics such as abuse and conjugal rape – there’s a forcefulness that shapes the songs, the sense that here’s someone who’s down for nine seconds but coming up just after the tenth. Then, in the very last track, “De honte et de pardon”, a final curtain, acceptance, forgiveness, moving on. Throughout Beatrice retains grace without hiding her vulnerability, leading to a record that, while intensely personal (and something not everybody can latch on it) manages to cut universally. [NB]4/5

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