Litige are one of those bands that I’ve heard nothing but good things about, but for some reason I’ve never got into their debut Fuite On Avant LP that much even though I’m a huge fan of French punk.
With Litige’s second LP, En Eaux Troubles, it’s finally time to take the plunge and give this band a well deserved listen. This album doesn’t deviate from Litige’s familiar La Fraction-inspired melodic punk-rock but finds the band gliding firmly into a well-developed sound with even more maturity and confidence.
Musically, En Eaux Troubles is a huge leap forward for this bunch of girls and a guy from the punk city of Lyon. Showcasing an impressive growth as a band within the last five years, this new album flows seamlessly from one track to the next, making it strikingly cohesive from start to finish. Lead singer Louise is still at it, bringing outstanding vocal delivery in front of exhilarating power chords and pulsating melodies.
As punks, Litige are first and foremost a band carrying a socially-aware message about feminism, politics, personal traumas, and anything that’s wrong in the world, but they convey all that angst—mostly in French and a little bit in English—in a way that’s more personal, uplifting, and poetic at the same time.
En Eaux Troubles, overall, is definitely a winner. It’s upbeat, refreshing, and full of heart. The production is just fantastic compared to their previous recordings, and the artwork is still on top of the game. Listening to this is the perfect way to exercise your sing-along skills in French!