From the opening bird calls and ringing-bell guitar chimes of captivating lead track "L'accord parfait," Paris' demure Autour de Lucie
serves notice that winning Anglo-style pop need not be a slave to language or geographical barriers. Gorgeous and luxuriously atmospheric, the group evokes the traditional, electro-acoustic innocence of such other female-led ensembles as the Sundays
and St. Etienne
. Strings dance with guitars on several tracks, toying most effectively with Middle Eastern motifs that add exotic flavors to "Le tournesol" and "Simon." Only a very few numbers from this warm, romantic debut verge on too slight and precious to generate an indelible impression before evaporating into audio ether.