Album Broken Back

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1.
Once we sailed across the seas Yet some doubts tainted winds blew Once our tale you believed in Yet these doubts have drowned your soul Man plans and god laughs This is what I've learnt from you Once we stood just like two halves Yet these doubts have drowned your soul I wonder will we be Up to the legend once we heard I wonder if we will see Each other flying as two halcyon birds For a while, I thought you were lost In the depths where lovers meet One last smile and fingers crossed Is how you left the lovers seat I wonder will we be Up to the legend once we heard I wonder if we will see Each other flying as two halcyon birds I've tried to make them burn and let them all fade away Yet these memories remain, stuck in my bones and my brain I've tried to make them burn and let them all fade away Yet these memories remain, stuck in my bones and my brain I wonder will we be Up to the legend once we heard I wonder if we will see Each other flying as two halcyon birds
2.
03:46
I'll choose each word carefully Because I need to write it down I know you've never lied to me And deserve to know what's in my mind My turn to tell you what I think Listen to what I'm singing All of the lines I'm gonna write Are silently blasting in my mind We tried, I failed Even if I can't give you What you want, I want you to know That I'll (for)ever ever love you We tried, I failed I perfectly know that I hurt you All those tears were my shame But I'll (for)ever ever love you But I'll (for)ever ever love you But I'll (for)ever ever love you When we first kissed, I was lost I'm not saying I didn't want But now I know how I hurt you I can't help thinking that I did wrong
3.
02:56
Deep down from the darkness Rose a man, he was out of control In his eyes the spark That blows in flames his corrupted soul I shook hands with the devil he said Posing in the living room I should make up for lost time he said You know you should be leaving soon You'd better run run run away from me You'd better run run run away from me You'd better run run run away from me You'd better run run run, I count to three You'd better run run run away from me You'd better run run run away from me You'd better run run run away from me You'd better run run run, I count to three Hold my hand and come don't be a fool I'll take you home Not just anyone can become bad Can do some harm I shook hands with the devil he said Posing in the living room I should make up for lost time he said You know you should be leaving soon You'd better run run run away from me You'd better run run run away from me You'd better run run run away from me You'd better run run run, I count to three You'd better run run run away from me You'd better run run run away from me You'd better run run run away from me You'd better run run run, I count to three You'd better run run run away from me You'd better run You'd better run run run away from me
4.
I can hear her whispers in my ears Feel her breath grow stronger by the years Is she crying, yes long time no see I haven't missed you dear Why are you calling me? Lost in the light of your eyes Keep failing but it's no surprise I need to resist but I can't let go Feel the anger Growing stronger Careless wishes Always leads me to you Always leads me to you Always leads me to you Always leads me to you I've been waiting for you I've been waiting for you My Lady Bitterness Are you here for irony and pain Licking old wounds, are you not my friend? Now you're trying, trying to blacken me I haven't missed you dear Why are you calling me? Lost in the light of your eyes Keep failing but it's no surprise I need to resist but I can't let go Feel the anger Growing stronger Careless wishes Always leads me to you Always leads me to you Always leads me to you Always leads me to you I've been waiting for you I've been waiting for you My Lady Bitterness Lost in the light of your eyes Keep failing but it's no surprise I need to resist but I can't let go Feel the anger Growing stronger Careless wishes Always leads me to you Always leads me to you Always leads me to you Always leads me to you I've been waiting for you I've been waiting for you My Lady Bitterness
5.
I'll make it quick for you to know Splashing my feelings is not where I'm the best at I've never told you many things that I should The words are on my lips, it's time to tell you the truth I'll make it quick for you to know Splashing my feelings is not where I'm the best at I've never told you many things that I should The words are on my lips, it's time to tell you the truth I belong to the roads now Coming home to my old town This pretty smile on this pretty face I think I am the happiest man on earth I belong to the roads now Coming home to my old town This pretty smile on this pretty face I think I am the happiest man on earth I think I am the happiest man on earth I think I am the happiest man on earth I think I am the happiest man on earth I think I am the happiest man on earth Will you let me empty The pain in your eyes The chain in your heart I'm gonna break it with my arms Whenever you feel sad In times of dark days Going through a bad patch Please come and take my hand I care too much about you To let you get drown I'll always stay around Whenever you hit the ground I belong to the roads now Coming home to my old town This pretty smile on this pretty face I think I am the happiest man on earth I belong to the roads now Coming home to my old town This pretty smile on this pretty face I think I am the happiest man on earth I think I am the happiest man on earth I think I am the happiest man on earth I think I am the happiest man on earth I think I am the happiest man on earth Will you let me empty The pain in your eyes The chain in your heart I'm gonna break it with my arms Whenever you feel sad In times of dark days Going through a bad patch Please come and take my hand I care too much about you To let you get drown I'll always stay around Whenever you hit the ground I belong to the roads now Coming home to my old town This pretty smile on this pretty face I think I am the happiest man on earth I belong to the roads now Coming home to my old town This pretty smile on this pretty face I think I am the happiest man on earth I think I am the happiest man on earth I think I am the happiest man on earth I think I am the happiest man on earth
6.
03:32
Walking in this sweet and sour rain Staring at the ocean with no end I wtach the sea, the sand and rockers Thinking about what I should have told them before From the very beginning You are here with my dreams Mu hopes and all my tears I know I owe you everything That matters to me to let you know what I... I think I have something to say Just a few words beneath my lips I'll sing it each time on my way 'Cause there is a truth I wanna strip Hey you've always been here Anytime I needed you You did allay all fears That's why I wanna sing for you I know it could have been difficult there Silently crying where there was once despair I watched this bunch of faded flowers Painful vision and painful hearts But memores now, and memories die Please, let them burn and let them fly I wish I had done it before That matters to me to let you know what I...
7.
03:19
Hey ya, I heard you sing the song We used to endless play When we were cloud nine Wouhouu Seven words that made him change his mind Seven words for you to left him behind With simple pleasures just to keep him blind He should think about it, He should think about it Hey ya, I heard you sing the song We used to endless play When we were cloud nine Wouhouu It took a kiss to make it happen It took some fun to make it real After some nights he said "Well listen" "No feelings, just fun, is that clear? " Hey ya, I heard you sing the song We used to endless play When we were cloud nine It took a thought to make him weak and In the morning she used to leave fast After two weeks he said, "Listen" "Would you stay here for the breakfast? " He was cursed, no doubt felt weaker And couldn't believe it was real After two months he said "Listen" "I got to tell you how I feel" She has waited for this lesson And to make her crystal clear With a smile she said "Well listen" "No feelings, just fun, is that clear? " Hey ya, I heard you sing the song We used to endless play When we were cloud nine
8.
03:39
You seem lost into this darkness Trying to move along, fearing to die alone Tell me "pure one", what are you here for ? You stand in Hell here, you'd better disappear No, I came to this interview's door 'Cause I'm tired to pray, and I'm dying to play Oh, be welcome at the devil's floor He'd like to hear you say, we'd like to hear you say : I've got to go for a ride Through the devil's eyes Tell them I'm on the run, On the deadly sins road, all alone I've got to go for a ride Through the devil's eyes Tell them I'm on the run, On the deadly sins road, all alone Come closer and take a seat please I see the spark in you, the one that burns in few Some may beg you on their knees, boy Don't let them stop you, don't let them stop you "No my hands will never shake", he swore 'Cause I'm tired to pray, and I'm dying to play Oh, be welcome at the devil's floor He'd like to hear you say, we'd like to hear you say : I've got to go for a ride Through the devil's eyes Tell them I'm on the run, On the deadly sins road, all alone I've got to go for a ride Through the devil's eyes Tell them I'm on the run, On the deadly sins road, all alone I've got to go for a ride Through the devil's eyes Tell them I'm on the run, On the deadly sins road, all alone I've got to go for a ride Through the devil's eyes Tell them I'm on the run, On the deadly sins road, all alone I've got to go for a ride Through the devil's eyes Tell them I'm on the run, On the deadly sins road, all alone I've got to go for a ride Through the devil's eyes Tell them I'm on the run, On the deadly sins road, all alone I've got to go for a ride Through the devil's eyes Tell them I'm on the run, On the deadly sins road, all alone I've got to go for a ride Through the devil's eyes Tell them I'm on the run, On the deadly sins road, all alone I've got to go for a ride Through the devil's eyes Tell them I'm on the run, On the deadly sins road, all alone I've got to go for a ride Through the devil's eyes Tell them I'm on the run, On the deadly sins road, all alone I've got to go for a ride Through the devil's eyes Tell them I'm on the run, On the deadly sins road, all alone I've got to go for a ride Through the devil's eyes Tell them I'm on the run, On the deadly sins road, all alone
9.
03:39
We're walking through the lands, Pure souls and dreams ahead Tell the world here we are (Hey!) A thousand miles away We've traveled to, so far to play We've put our fears aside, A thousand miles away from home (Hey!) We are the young souls and proud to be so, every day, Tell them we are, tell them we are, We're on the way We won't stop, we won't stop growing everyday Tell them we are, tell them we are, We're on the way We are the young souls and proud to be so, every day, Tell them we are, tell them we are, We're on the way We're walking through the lands, Pure souls and dreams ahead Tell the world here we are Romantic adventurers we seek to discover What the world has to hide A thousand miles away We've traveled to, so far to play, We've put our fears aside A thousand miles away We've traveled to, so far to play, We've come to sing out loud A thousand miles away from home We are the young souls and proud to be so, every day, Tell them we are, tell them we are We're on the way We won't stop, we won't stop growing everyday Tell them we are, tell them we are, We're on the way We are the young souls and proud to be so, every day, Tell them we are, tell them we are, We're on the way We won't stop, we won't stop growing everyday Tell them we are, tell them we are, We're on the way
10.
03:45
Here's a big bad wolf In this jungle, unchained Who bares his fangs As he hunts game fowl The sweat fogs his sight And control breaks down Voices crack and sobbing strats "Surrendre yourself, (yeah) body and soul And overwhelm all your senses" The shudder moves through this body, strained Voices crack and the sobbing starts The slopes is steep No escape for it The wolf is trapped The wolf is trapped And who could have changed the bad wolf Sure he's lost his mind, he's lost his mind It's always the same with the bad wolf It's a matter of time before he picks someone up The charming creature, a few steps away Strats moving slowly to the wolf and says "What sharp fangs you have, Mister Big Bad Wolf" "All the better, to eat you with" "What deep eyes you have Mister Big Bad Wolf" "All the better, to haunt yours with" She has cast her spell, once again he failed Voices crack and the sobbing starts She has cast her spell, once again he failed The wolf is trappd The wolf is trapped And who could have changed the bad wolf Sure he's lost his mind, he's lost his mind It's always the same with the bad wolf It's a matter of time before he picks someone up Here's a big bad wolf In this jungle, unchained Who bares his fangs As he hunts game fowl The sweat fogs his sight And control breaks down Voices crack and sobbing strats "Surrendre yourself, (yeah) body and soul And overwhelm all your senses" The shudder moves through this body, strained Voices crack and the sobbing starts The slopes is steep No escape for it The wolf is trapped The wolf is trapped And who could have changed the bad wolf Sure he's lost his mind, he's lost his mind It's always the same with the bad wolf It's a matter of time before he picks someone up

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De la trajectoire de Broken Back (alias Jérôme Fagnet), on pourrait tirer un scénario écrit à la façon d’un film de boxe. L’histoire d’un jeune homme engagé dans une voie professionnelle royale, puis qui physiquement s’effondre, trouve son salut dans la musique et, à travers elle, embrasse un large succès. Point de bascule de cet itinéraire rêvé : Broken Back, premier album éponyme où se content les coups du sort, la résilience et le bonheur recouvré.

En 2015 et la publication du EP Dear Misfortune, Mother of Joy, le Breton affolait déjà les compteurs. Elégant, efficace, enluminé, son art joué entre pop-alternative et deep-pop faisait alors aussitôt craquer les médias, s’emballer les festivals (Solidays, Francofolies...) et s’ouvrir parmi les scènes hexagonales les plus prisées (Trianon, Café de la Danse...).

Résultat : les titres “Happiest Man on Earth” et “Halcyon Birds” fédéraient les fans et, jouissant d’un puissant effet viral, alignaient les vues par million sur la toile. On aurait imaginé pire destinée pour un artiste trois ans plus tôt rivé à son lit, le moral en berne et le dos démoli...

L’histoire est la suivante : celle d’un garçon doué et tête bien faite, qui se destine d’abord pleinement à l’entreprenariat. Et qui ne s’économise pas. Le jour, on le voit qui poursuit ses études au sein d’une grande école de commerce. Le soir, le même dirige de front ses start-ups. Et puis à vingt-deux ans le dos n’en peut soudain plus. Et lâche.
Bilan : va pour une convalescence prolongée.

Mais fixer le plafond : pas le genre de cet hyperactif. Alors Jérôme ressort d’un placard une vieille guitare en nylon. Ses classes au conservatoire sont loin, alors. Tout comme ces années passées à étudier le tuba, son premier instrument. Pour autant, la musique ne l’a jamais quitté. Alors il s’essaye à des covers (“Skinny Love” de Bon Iver), puis enregistre ses propres titres sur Logic. Broken Back naît là, héritier naturel de Chet Faker ou Hozier.
Et enfant d’un drame personnel devenu seconde chance.
“Le malheur est le père du bonheur de demain”, aime à répéter l’intéressé, citant Albert Cohen. “L’idée est que dans toute expérience malheureuse, il y a une part de bonheur collatéral. Celle-ci sera plus ou moins importante si l’on embrasse cette conception ou pas.” Une philosophie chez lui devenue moteur.

Page Soundcloud, profil Facebook, posts de titres fraîchement maquettés. En quelques mois, Broken Back fait le buzz sur la toile. Repéré par des blogs et des DJs influents (Klingande, Synapson), son improbable succès force bientôt Jérôme à un choix crucial. Poursuive son aventure musicale ? Ou retourner aux affaires à l’instant où se bousculent levées
de fonds et “business angels” ?

On connaît la suite : retour chez lui à Saint-Malo, semaines passées à sublimer les titres “Mild Blood” ou “Young Souls”, et publication d’un premier EP autoproduit d’une franche beauté. Solaire et entêtant, mélancolique et obsédant, Dear Misfortune, Mother of Joy offre ses tableaux flamboyant portés par une voix comme il n’en existe peut-être qu’une par génération. Tendre, éraillée, fragile, mais bourrée du désir de dire le bonheur reconquis.

Depuis, passé les scènes partagées avec Synapson, Jain ou Milky Chance, l’enfant de Saint-Malo s’est astreint chez lui à l’écriture d’un premier album mixé par les Skydancers. Saillies folk et dynamique house, charme artisanal et efficacité 2.0, ce grand disque clair, composé en solitaire, se joue à nouveau des territoires et des genres, mêlant dans un même geste intime et global, homemade et excellence, sérénité et grand frisson.

C’est “Excuses”, réflexion sur l’amitié faite amour. “Halcyon Birds”, chef-d’œuvre pop contant une relation à qui s’offre une seconde chance. C’est le diptyque “Better Run” et “Got To Go” où se dit la trajectoire d’un homme aimable rêvant d’être un bad boy, et rejoignant les enfers afin d’y sceller un pacte avec le diable. “Lady Bitterness” fable moderne où l’amer- tume fascine, et se fait addiction, puis poison. Plus loin, le tube “Happiest Man on Earth”, les multiples interprétations qu’il suppose et la question franche qu’il pose : “qui est l’homme le plus heureux du monde ?” C’est encore “Seven Words”, fable légère où un Don Juan moderne tombe amoureux de sa maîtresse. “Young Souls” et ses regrets
d’une insouciance propre à l’enfance. Enfin “Modern Tale” où l’infidélité entre homme et femme est soumise à la question.

De l’espace, du soleil, l’immensité des panoramas et le juste regard porté sur le quotidien ou l’éphémère : le legs offert par Broken Back à son époque. Le présent est à la déprime et à la crainte d’autres jours sombres ? L’artiste panse les plaies ou rassure et, guitare en main, un beat soyeux portant ses récits, dit l’espoir et la joie, révélant du ciel là où auparavant ne dominait que du gris.

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