Pardon My French
by Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!
Pardon My French exhibits C!NCC!’s ability to mix together the opposing genres of pop and metalcore in a way that appeals to both genres’ audiences. Head banging yet upbeat, songs like “Restart,” “Haters Gonna Hate,” and “Taking Chances”—just to name a few—compel the listener to sing along.
It is difficult to compare the remarkable vocals of Bertrand Poncet to that of any other singer. He has singing skills all along the spectrum ranging from a deep growl to a higher-pitched, clear-voiced singing. His voice is practically designed for the genre he plays, and is comparable only to Matty Mullins of Memphis May Fire.
Arguably the best song on the album, “Haters Gonna Hate” displays C!NCC!’s remarkable ability to write funny lyrics despite the fact that English is not their first language. For example, Poncet sings in the memorable chorus:
You’re just like everyone.
You waste all your time faking your smile.
Take a look at your life, you don’t need to f*@k mine.
Here is my advice: GET THE F*@K OUT!
Pardon My French is an extremely good album, but is not consistent. By song nine or ten, attention tends to drift; the album fails to keep the listener captivated. However, the first eight songs are some of the best songs written in the metalcore genre. The first eight songs are as follows:
Haters Gonna Hate
The Progression of Regression
Pardon My French
Between Your Lines
I Am Nothing Like You
Zoe Adler is a music journalist from Long Beach, California. Besides her website, which is her pride and joy, she works with the GRAMMY Foundation and the Long Beach Independent. Additionally, Ms. Adler is a musician, spending half of her time playing the flute, piccolo, trombone, and marching baritone. She has been with TeenView Music since the very start and hopes to make something of it in the future.