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French Music - Released April 8, 2003 | Believe

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French Music - Released January 1, 1974 | Believe

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French Music - Released January 1, 2006 | Marianne Mélodie

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French Music - Released October 19, 2009 | Naive

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Hailed as the wunderkind of a new generation of French songwriters, Benjamin Biolay has often divided opinion, as his undeniable talents are not always exempt from narcissism. His sprawling double-album La Superbe will provide both admirers and critics with plenty of ammunition. While many contemporary French artists have unabashedly attempted to present themselves as the natural heir to Serge Gainsbourg, Biolay is arguably the strongest contender to the throne. He is a consummate master of the sultry boy/girl dialogue against an ostinato motif of swirling strings that Gainsbourg patented in the '60s, and that since the '90s has seemingly become the Holy Grail of a hefty chuck of the alternative scene (Pulp, Divine Comedy, Tindersticks, Blur, Portishead, Placebo, Suede, etc.). Nowhere is this more evident in La Superbe than in "Brandt Rhapsodie," where Biolay and Jeanne Cherhal act out an entire French film of the "couple conversation" genre inside of a five-minute pop song, with results that are -- much like those films -- as seductive as they can be infuriating. The same applies for much of this album. Biolay is clearly at the top of his game as a composer and arranger, and indeed La Superbe sounds like the ultimate decalogue of French sensuality, but there is a limit as to how many long-winded, cinematic, spoken monologues on sex, the futility of life, and languid bitterness a record can hold. This ambitious but definitely self-indulgent project plays almost like a suite and can too easily become a sensuous sonic blur, one where it becomes hard to discern individually memorable songs. It should be noted, however, that La Superbe was greeted with rave reviews in France, many judging it to be Biolay's masterpiece. Still, in spite of its impeccable realization, one cannot help but to recommend the perfect pop conciseness of early Biolay albums, such as Rose Kennedy or L'Origine, to the lush abandon and excess of La Superbe. ~ Mariano Prunes

French Music - Released November 24, 1973 | WM France

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French Music - Released January 1, 2011 | Marianne Mélodie

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French Music - Released January 1, 1971 | Universal Music Division Mercury Records

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French Music - Released January 1, 2007 | Marianne Mélodie

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French Music - Released January 1, 2011 | Marianne Mélodie

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French Music - Released January 1, 2011 | Marianne Mélodie

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French Music - Released September 7, 2015 | Universal Music Division Mercury Records

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French Music - Released January 1, 2010 | Marianne Mélodie

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French Music - Released January 1, 2014 | Marianne Mélodie

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French Music - Released January 1, 2007 | Marianne Mélodie

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

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LA BOHEME takes, however loosely, inspiration from the opera of Parisian bohemian life, but this is neither a recasting of Puccini's work nor a cohesive work in its own right. Aznavour's songs--as always, he wrote or co-wrote the lot--are neither as proudly, defiantly outcast as those of his mentor, Edith Piaf, nor a creepily salacious as his most obvious pupil, Serge Gainsbourg. There's a dignity to even Aznavour's most maudlin tales, helped immensely by his less-than-perfect but infinitely expressive voice, which meshes beautifully with Paul Mauriat's lush but never overpowering orchestrations. Americans and others who only know Aznavour from Reprise Records' misguided attempt to turn him into the French Perry Como--at home, he's a national treasure--would do well to start here for the beginning of their reappraisal.
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French Music - Released January 1, 2002 | Universal Music Division Barclay

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Considering that Carla Bruni is an Italian tire-manufacturing heiress, a former Paris supermodel, and France's President Nicolas Sarcozy's wife, it's a safe bet that she didn't cut this fine debut album for the money. The feeling of her having nothing to prove imbues these songs with a catlike comfort that goes right from the ears into one's aching muscles and joints, past any language barrier (all the songs are in French) or prejudice against supermodel musical talent. Bruni's singing voice is warm, sultry, and languid with just a touch of a rasp, as if she's just woken from a wonderful nap, and rumor has it she wrote, sang, and played acoustic guitar for all the tracks while barefoot. Louis Bertignac (Telephone) produced this album and plays electric lead guitar, both evoking mellow '70s Eric Clapton (a former lover of Bruni's) and that era's folk-rock, particularly on "Tout le Monde" and the liltingly sweet "La Ciel Dans Une Chambre." Other songs, such as the title track, bounce along with a more traditional cafe oomph, but not enough to disturb the pervading air of delicious jet set languor, which comes refreshingly sans ennui or extraneous production gloss. ~ Erich Kuersten
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French Music - Released June 2, 2014 | Jacques Canetti Productions

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French Music - Released June 2, 2014 | Jacques Canetti Productions

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French Music - Released June 2, 2014 | Jacques Canetti Productions

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French Music - Released June 2, 2014 | Jacques Canetti Productions

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