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Pop - Released December 19, 2011 | Tuta Music

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Pop - Released January 1, 2008 | Universal Music Division Polydor

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Following his previous star-studded Adieu Tristesse, 2008 follow-up L'Homme du Monde is a much more personal effort from Parisian singer/pianist Arthur H. Featuring 13 self-penned tracks sung in both English and French, the Jean Massicotte-produced album eschews H's usual piano-led ambient jazz for a more energetic, guitar-based sound. With lyrics inspired by the birth of his son a year previouslyn and his relationship with his own father, Jacques Higelin, it also includes the single "Dancing with Madonna." ~ Jon O'Brien
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Pop - Released September 9, 2005 | Parlophone France

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French heartthrob Raphael (that's Raphael Haroche, not to be confused with the veteran Spanish singer Rafael Martos, who goes by the same name) continues to soften his sound on his third album, Caravane. A longtime admirer of David Bowie, he's brought in two of Bowie's former sidemen, pianist Mike Garson, who plays piano on "La Route de Nuit," and guitarist Carlos Alomar, who plays throughout. Those musicians played with Bowie in the mid- and late '70s, but Raphael's musical approach here is somewhat closer to the early-'70s Bowie of Hunky Dory (though the album's concluding instrumental, "Funambule," is a child of Bowie's 1977 anthem "'Heroes'"). He is somewhat less theatrical than his mentor, but also likes to mix his voice way upfront. Since his lyrics are simple and sentimental (though effectively put across by his expressive tenor), he is easily understood whether he's singing about good times ("C'est Bon Aujourd'Hui") or eulogizing an actor who died young ("Chanson pour Patrick Dewaere"). Even English speakers with a little French (or high school students studying the language) are likely to have little trouble getting the gist of his messages, and even those who don't will appreciate the melodic pop/rock sound .~ William Ruhlmann

Pop - Released October 24, 2003 | Parlophone France

Distinctions Victoire de la musique - The Qobuz Ideal Discography
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The third studio album from French pop superstar -M- (aka Mathieu Chédid) features 15 cuts, all of which help to reinforce the idiosyncratic, award-winning artist’s reputation for crafting truly adventurous rock/jazz/pop songs with an international flair. ~ James Christopher Monger
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Pop - Released January 31, 2002 | Parlophone France

Distinctions Victoire de la musique - The Qobuz Ideal Discography
Henri Salvador was born in 1917 in Cayenne, French Guiana. He studied music in Paris and played with Django Reinhardt on one occasion. He started playing guitar seriously in Paris in 1935. His stay in the interior of Brazil is evident in much of his music. His sound is a combination of Parisian cabaret, Brazilian bossa nova, and French Antillean influences. This particular album shows his range of influences very well. His unguent vocals infuse an ambience of sensuous silk and soft tropical breezes. He also displays his great sense of humor in his lyrics, for which he is renowned in France and his homeland. "Jardin D'Hiver" tells of all the images he would like to have inhabit his winter garden. It is a touching portrait and sung very soulfully. The instrumental accompaniment throughout the album is very much muted but exceptional in its evocation of the ambience that his voice creates. The duet with Francoise Hardy on "Le Fou de la Reine" is a fine example of the finesse of both artists. The album won the Victoire de la Musique award in France for the year 2000. A highly recommended introduction to this prolific artist. [This album was rereleased under the title Room With a View in early 2002 on the Blue Note label, including a bonus track.] ~ Mark Romano

Pop - Released October 15, 2000 | Parlophone France

Distinctions Victoire de la musique - The Qobuz Ideal Discography
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Henri Salvador was born in 1917 in Cayenne, French Guiana. He studied music in Paris and played with Django Reinhardt on one occasion. He started playing guitar seriously in Paris in 1935. His stay in the interior of Brazil is evident in much of his music. His sound is a combination of Parisian cabaret, Brazilian bossa nova, and French Antillean influences. This particular album shows his range of influences very well. His unguent vocals infuse an ambience of sensuous silk and soft tropical breezes. He also displays his great sense of humor in his lyrics, for which he is renowned in France and his homeland. "Jardin d'Hiver" tells of all the images he would like to have inhabit his winter garden. It is a touching portrait and sung very soulfully. The instrumental accompaniment throughout the album is very much muted but exceptional in its evocation of the ambience that his voice creates. The duet with Françoise Hardy on "Le Fou de la Reine" is a fine example of the finesse of both artists. The album won the Victoire de la Musique award in France for the year 2000. A highly recommended introduction to this prolific artist. [This album was re-released under the title Room with a View in early 2002 on the Blue Note label, including a bonus track.] ~ Mark Romano
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Pop - Released January 1, 1998 | Universal Music Division Barclay

Distinctions Victoire de la musique - The Qobuz Ideal Discography
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Pop - Released January 1, 1994 | Universal Music Division Barclay

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Pop - Released January 1, 1991 | Universal Music Division Mercury Records

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