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French Music - Released January 1, 2010 | Marianne Mélodie

Booklet Distinctions The Unusual Suspects
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French Music - Released January 2, 2012 | Frémeaux & associés

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French Music - Released October 31, 2011 | L.M.L.R.

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French Music - Released September 12, 2011 | Epm

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French Music - Released January 1, 1996 | Tricatel

Booklet Distinctions The Unusual Suspects
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French Music - Released January 1, 1997 | Saravah

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French Music - Released November 2, 2006 | Epm

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French Music - Released April 1, 2006 | Chany music

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French Music - Released October 28, 2005 | Parlophone France

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French Music - Released September 11, 2000 | Parlophone France

Distinctions The Unusual Suspects
Sung (except for one track) in English, this 1972 album (originally titled just Françoise Hardy) was reissued on CD by Virgin France in 2000 under the title If You Listen, and issued in some foreign territories under yet different titles in the 1970s. However it was titled, it was a good, tasteful, and subdued set of folk-rock- and singer/songwriter-influenced covers (though the one French song, "Brulure," was the sole original Hardy composition). It's no surprise that the mood here is dignified rainy-day sorrow. But that was Hardy's forte, and the arrangements, emphasizing acoustic guitar and light strings, seem to indicate she was doing some listening to British folk-rock and American singer/songwriters. So does the choice of covers, including songs by Buffy Sainte-Marie, Neil Young ("Till the Morning Comes"), Beverley Martyn, and Randy Newman ("I Think It's Gonna Rain Today"). There's also the quite obscure "The Garden of Jane Delawnay," a misspelled interpretation of "The Garden of Jane Delawney" by the British folk-rock band the Trees; "Let My Name Be Sorrow," originally done by Mary Hopkin; and a couple of tunes co-written by Mick Jones, later of Foreigner. None of songs rate among her best work, but it's still a good album, often overlooked even by Hardy fans and notable in that just one of the English songs ("Bown Bown Bown") was also recorded by Hardy in a French version. It's also much superior to her album of English cover versions of just three years before, Françoise Hardy en Anglais, which was over-produced and far heavier on the syrup. ~ Richie Unterberger
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French Music - Released May 8, 2000 | S.M.A.L.L.

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With their first album Hawaï, Java somehow revolutionized the traditional chanson française, introducing a singer rapping with the flow of a hip-hop MC and keeping the instruments of traditional French music: the double bass and the accordion. And not only did they invent a new musical style, but they did it with talent. Actually, their creations are more influenced by jazz and great composers like Gainsbourg or Boris Vian than pure musette; meaning that, as they do claim it in their anthem "Sex Accordéon et Alcool": "Java, c'est du rock & roll" (Java it's rock and roll music). Even though they are not technically playing rock, they have the wild and raw thing rock has in its music. Their lyrics too are well-wrought: so many cultural references and nice insights. It is not only about the rhythm and rhymes but also about what it says and how it is said. (Keep in mind that you will miss something important with this album if you do not understand French.) ~ Romain Guillou

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