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French Music - Released January 1, 2008 | Universal Music Division Barclay

Distinctions Victoire de la musique - Sélection Disques de l'année Les Inrocks
Released a year before Alain Bashung died of lung cancer on March 14, 2009, at the age of 61, Bleu Pétrole serves as a superb swan song for the chanson legend. This final full-length effort was a laudable comeback for Bashung, who hadn't released a new studio album since L'Imprudence (2002), and it returned him to the top of the French charts for the first time in six years. In some ways, Bleu Pétrole is similar to L'Imprudence. While that album was written in collaboration with Jean Fauque and Christophe Miossec, Bleu Pétrole is written in collaboration with Gaëtan Roussel of the band Louise Attaque and Gérard Manset, a contemporary of Bashung's whose career likewise goes back to the late '60s. Roussel is also credited with producing the album, along with multi-instrumentalist Mark Plati. Moreover, both albums were critically acclaimed as latter-day masterpieces. The difference is, whereas L'Imprudence is often described as a noir album, a somber and tortured portrait of an aging man, Bleu Pétrole is more luminous. Among the several highlights of the album are "Résidents de la République" and "Sur un Trapèze," both written solely by Roussel. Manset contributes another couple standouts, the nine-minute album centerpiece "Comme un Lego," and his 1975 hit "Il Voyage en Solitaire," the latter of which closes Bleu Pétrole (and in turn the recording career of Bashung) on a perfect note. Beside the contributions of Roussel and Manset, there's a wistful cover version of Graeme Allwright's adaption of Leonard Cohen's folk classic "Suzanne." In addition to the songs themselves, Bleu Pétrole is impressive from a musical standpoint. A trio of accomplished guitarists (Roussel, Marc Ribot, Arman Méliès) infuse the album with touches of rock, the rhythm section (comprised of Plati and several others) leans toward jazz, and the string arrangements supply an air of grandness. Furthermore, the music varies from song to song; for instance, "Vénus" relies almost entirely on a string arrangement and a tiny bit of banjo, and then, three songs later, "Je Tuerai la Pianiste" is driven by a powerful bass riff and blasts of electric guitar. ~ Jason Birchmeier
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French Music - Released January 1, 1998 | Universal Music Division Barclay

Distinctions Victoire de la musique - The Qobuz Ideal Discography
Fantaisie Militaire (Military Fantasy) was Alain Bashung's last album of the '90s; it was also his most popular both critically and commercially. He received numerous awards for it, including album of the year and video of the year for the single "La Nuit de Mens" (At Night I Lie). Bashung surrounded himself with a slew of co-writers and musicians for the album, including Édith Fambuena and Jean-Louis Pierot of Les Valentins, Rodolphe Burger of Kat Onoma, Joseph Racaille, and Portishead guitarist Adrian Utley. ~ Thom Jurek
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French Music - Released January 1, 2014 | Universal Music Division Barclay

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French Music - Released January 1, 1991 | Universal Music Division Barclay

Distinctions The Qobuz Ideal Discography
Released in 1991, Osez Josephine is the eight studio album by the great French singer/songwriter Alain Bashung. It is chock-full of acoustic rootsy blues, country, and swampy tracks delivered in an immediate, raw manner, without much overdubbing; so little, in fact, it sounds like it was recorded live from the floor in the studio. Standout cuts include the title track, "Volutes," and a very original interpretation of the Moody Blues' "Nights in White Satin." ~ Thom Jurek
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French Music - Released January 1, 1994 | Universal Music Division Barclay

Distinctions Victoire de la musique
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French Music - Released November 23, 2018 | Barclay

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French Music - Released October 20, 2017 | Universal Music Division Barclay

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French Music - Released November 23, 2018 | Universal Music Division Barclay

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French Music - Released October 20, 2017 | Universal Music Division Barclay

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French Music - Released September 28, 2018 | Universal Music Division Barclay

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French Music - Released January 1, 1989 | Universal Music Division Barclay

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French Music - Released January 1, 1995 | Universal Music Division Barclay

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French Music - Released January 1, 1994 | Universal Music Division Barclay

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French Music - Released September 28, 2018 | Universal Music Division Barclay

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French Music - Released April 27, 2015 | Universal Music Division Barclay

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French Music - Released January 1, 2014 | Universal Music Division Barclay

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Pop - Released January 6, 2017 | Universal Music Division Barclay

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French Music - Released January 1, 1994 | Universal Music Division Barclay

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French Music - Released January 1, 1994 | Universal Music Division Barclay

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French Music - Released January 1, 2013 | Universal Music Division Barclay

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