In case its cover art doesn't make it infinitely obvious, Well Mannered Frivolity is an album ceaselessly on the move. French producer and multi-instrumentalist Jean Tonique is dabbling in about every pool imaginable on his quest to perfect nostalgia. For those already sensitive to roaming through the past, this may not be the album for you, but to this I say simply: lighten up, kick back and enjoy yourself a little, already.

Album opener 'This Feeling' (excluding a negligible intro) boasts nearly old school G-Funk grooves; in fact, much of the album feels a bit like an alternate future in which Dr. Dre had never left his World Class Wreckin' Cru days behind, opting for dance grooves over N.W.A. That Tonique has managed to make this into a positive rather than a dismissal is testament to his ear for a vibe.

In fact, especially with an irresistible turn by Keyone Starr, 'Something to Talk About' will sound so familiar you'll swear it's a hit you grew up with. The best moments here are that immediate.

That said, going for pure fluff has its limitations. Playing Well Mannered Frivolity at a party, guests are sure to notice, 'hey, I like whatever this is in the background', and ask as to who it is, then chuckle at the name: 'Like gin-and-tonic? That's great.' (I can personally attest to this, it will occur, it is known).

However, in more solitary settings, its single-mindedness can be exposed a bit bare. 'Want to See U' overstays its welcome with its repetitive vocal sample, while Keyone's second appearance on 'Grooving Machine' doesn't quite gel, among other slight stumbles. To be fair, Tonique clearly isn't looking to do much more than inspire a good time, as bluntly acknowledged by the album's title. Much like Snoop Dogg's criminally under-enjoyed BUSH, it may be one note, but it hits quite a nice one. Use responsibly, but when the right time comes, you could do far worse.