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French Music - Released February 1, 2019 | BMG Rights Mgmt France SARL

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French Music - Released January 25, 2019 | Wagram Music - 3ème Bureau

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French Music - Released January 9, 2019 | BMG Rights Mgmt France SARL

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French Music - Released November 30, 2018 | Wagram Music - Cinq 7

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French Music - Released November 19, 2018 | Wagram Music - Cinq 7

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French Music - Released November 16, 2018 | La Lézarde

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French Music - Released November 9, 2018 | GSI Musique

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French Music - Released November 9, 2018 | BMG Rights Mgmt France SARL

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French Music - Released October 19, 2018 | WM France

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French Music - Released October 5, 2018 | Musicor

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French Rock - Released September 21, 2018 | Léocas Records

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French Music - Released August 31, 2018 | SMART

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French Music - Released August 20, 2018 | Wagram Music - 3ème Bureau

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French Music - Released June 26, 2018 | Musique Sauvage ()

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French Music - Released June 8, 2018 | Universal Music Division Mercury Records

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French Music - Released June 8, 2018 | CBS

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French Music - Released May 11, 2018 | Sony Musique

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French Music - Released May 11, 2018 | RCA Victor

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French Music - Released April 20, 2018 | Les Autres

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French Music - Released April 6, 2018 | Parlophone France

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Françoise Hardy is a pop survivor. As she admitted herself, her 2012 album L’Amour Fou sounded the death knell of a prolific 50-year career. But after listening completely by chance to a song of Finnish band Poets of the fall, she decided to adapt it in French and that’s how this new album adventure all started. The singer of Message personnel has always dressed up her albums with patchy elements from all of sorts of collaborations (both for the music and lyrics), and this Personne d’autre is no exception to the rule. A personality seems to stand out, and that’s Erick Benzi, who composed nine songs on this album. He’s also the author behind most arrangements. In addition to Benzi, the credits feature La Grande Sophie, Thierry Stremler and… Michel Berger (for the cover of Seras-tu là?).
Unsurprisingly Personne d’autre specifically focuses on death, with which Françoise Hardy had a close encounter in the middle of the 2010s. But rather than fearing it, the singer looks at death straight in the eyes, even considering it with a form of lightness, like in the counting rhyme Trois petits tours – the only perky track on the album. But aside from this surprising song, the opus seems like a sweet purgatory, in which atonement appears to be a step more pleasant than painful. This flawless harmony comes first and foremost from the magnificent melodies that enrich each song: in the tender lullaby Dors mon ange, the melancholic Personne d’autre or the elegant waltz Quel Dommage, Françoise Hardy shows once again her attraction for beautiful and noble melodies. At times, deadly metaphors are not the most subtle, like in the lyrics of Train Spécial, but it's arrangements are deliciously 80s. Same goes for the strong echo that underlies her voice here and there, transforming her de facto into an angelic figure rising into heaven. But overall, the listener will be seduced by the gracious serenity of what − from all angles − sure seems like a farewell album. © Nicolas Magenham/Qobuz