Yes that's exactly what AINSI SOIT-JE was, when it first appeared, in 1988, though no one knew at the time. Farmer's second CD seemed then so dark, so universally sad, so frightening even at its most peaceful ("Jardin de Vienne") and so alienated from the present : I mean, who in 1988 was reciting Baudelaire ("L'horloge," whose music became the source of Enigma's works), or doing a female transvestist version of Peter Pan ("Sans contrefacon," which translates as "No counterfeit")? And who, 10 years before Alanis Morrisette, turned such a dark eye to love-making ("Pourvu qu'elles soient douces") as Mylene, with her female rebellion? The oddly disco-fied blues ("Allan," "Sans logique") and the ballads, too, made no sense, 4 - 6 years before "Goth" became a recognized idiom (largely because this CD helped spawn it). Today, when Farmer has become the world's most influential female pop star (sorry, Mr. Proud of America -- I'm not proud of you, by the way -- but it's true), this early CD sounds incomplete, a first step on a very profound road : yet even in its searching but not yet finding way, it offers plenty of flashes of the quizzical, darkish, sexually heated, pensive intelligence that singles Farmer out from the teen-mainstream, cliche pop that befuddles FM radio in the US. I still play this CD from time to time and still discover new insights in it, though most of my Farmer time is devoted to her newer works.