If you took Dave Gahan from Depeche Mode's vocals and put it against a backdrop of goth rock with pop, R&B, and African rhythm influences, you would get this album. This album seamlessly blends together these multiple genres and creates something powerful, highlighting Petite Noir's ability to show his raw emotion. This album gives you that eerie, profound kind of feeling you get when listening to The Cure or LCD Soundsystem. Yet the African rhythms (Noir is from South Africa) in the background give the songs a lighter touch. His ability to alternate his vocals from deep and brooding to higher-pitched will always surprise you. Not just because of how natural it is, but because of how it can take a song and make it so much more than that. La Vie Est Belle is a fantastic and emotional album that will make you reminisce for 1980s gothic synth pop. Petite Noir seems he may eventually take over the alt-pop genre with this multi-genre album (and come on who would complain though).
Recommended: 2, 5, 6, 7!, 11.