In early 2012, French singer songwriter Broken Back, aka Jérôme Fagnet, faced some health issues, a one-time unlucky blip that had him slow down and regroup. His first EP, the luminous “Dear Misfortune, Mother of Joy” is a byproduct of this forced convalescence, an electro pop gem of untrammeled optimism and grace.

Aerial and borderless, the radio-friendly “Happiest Man on Earth” is an explicit ode to better days, a cheery and rousing hymn. Bitter trials are often blessings in disguise.

Patricia Tavares De Oliveira