Editors' Notes When Laurence Nerbonne made her solo debut with 2016’s XO, she left the sound of her old rock band, Hôtel Morphée, far behind, instead embracing sky-high hooks, slick production, and her irrepressible pep. The Montreal singer pulls off a similar metamorphosis on the follow-up, FEU—a darker, sassier pop record with plenty of hip-hop bounce. "Fausses idoles” ("false idols") sets a defiant tone as Nerbonne puts haters and imitators on blast with a boasting, staggered rap flow and an entrancing trap beat. In the catchy come-on "Semblant," she invites an ex-lover to pretend they're still together, just for one night. But it’s tunes like “#MeToo” that reveal the depths of her songwriting—its dreamy electronics do one thing, while the lyrics, which take misogynists to task with a rather explicit refrain, do quite another.

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Intro
1
0:36
 
Fausses idoles
2
2:26
 
Danser à contretemps
3
4:07
 
Semblant
4
3:13
 
Back Off
5
3:02
 
Money CA$H
6
2:54
 
On s'en va où
7
3:05
 
Recommencer
8
3:30
 
Rebound
9
3:11
 
#MeToo
10
2:50
 
Sous les lumières
11
4:17
 
Tomber sur nous
12
3:45
 
Ride Alone (feat. FouKi)
13
3:01
 
FEU
14
3:24
 

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