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French Music - Released March 15, 2019 | Polydor

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Pop - Released March 25, 2016 | Polydor

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You're Gonna Get Love is the first album in five years from singer/songwriter Keren Ann Zeidel. Since 2011, she's contributed six songs to the soundtrack of Yossi, an Israeli film by Etyan Fox, and gave birth to her first child. Becoming a mother changed the way she worked. Rather than writing and recording for days whenever inspiration struck, she methodically carved out time each day. The singer and her trio performed many basic takes live from the studio floor with assistance from producer Renaud Letang (Feist); overdubs were done later. Half the tracks also include strings. The bouncy bassline, thin snare, and reverbed guitars on the title track -- with a string arrangement by Eumir Deodato -- sharply recall Lee Hazlewood's work with Nancy Sinatra. "Bring Back" is a devastating narrative waltz about a son lost in war from the point of view of his bereft mother. A repetitive bassline and haunted, wordless backing vocals (provided choral style by Zeidel), trilling strings, and eerie organ, highlight its power. "The Separated Twin" is a quiet anthem to grief, almost an homage to Leonard Cohen. The root of its melodically ascendant verse and lyric imagery dance between "Hallelujah" and "Suzanne." "Where Did You Go?" is a melancholy love song that marries elegant, pillowy '60s pop to spiraling backdrop synths, lilting horns, strings, and flutes (Deodato again). The pulsing bassline and drum track in "Easy Money" evokes vintage Can (think "Father Cannot Yell"), while its angular pop melody channels early-'80s post-punk. "My Man Is Wanted But I Ain't Gonna Turn Him In,' is a sensual, layered, future blues and one of the finest cuts here. "Again and Again" and "The River That Swallows All the Rivers" find Zeidel referencing Dusty Springfield's influence. Closer "You Have It All" is a tender melange of gauzy, classy pop (think middle period Everything But the Girl), framed by deep, moody rhythms. Maxime Moston's elegant string and horn charts bridge that contrast with exquisite taste. The many influences Zeidel utilizes here don't get in the way of her singular manner of storytelling. She is never less that poetic, her voice as fully invested in her lyrics as her guitar playing -- the latter is not something we've heard before. Letang's production is steady yet adventurous. If there is a criticism of You're Gonna Get Love, it's that as finely written, performed, and produced as its songs are, they don't vary enough in tempo, and blur together a bit. Still, it's a small complaint; this remains an excellent as well as a overdue, return. ~ Thom Jurek
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French Music - Released March 15, 2019 | Polydor

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Pop - Released April 16, 2007 | Believe

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Pop - Released February 14, 2011 | Believe

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French Music - Released April 20, 2000 | Believe

Like Coralie Clément, Keren Ann may not have the widest range, but she makes the most of it. Her vocals are light, delicate, and pretty, as if she has found a way to combine talking, whispering, and singing into one fluid approach (and as if she has listened to a few Astrud Gilberto albums in her time). La Biographie de Luka Philipsen was the French singer/songwriter's debut and many of the songs were co-written with longtime associate Benjamin Biolay (Clément's older brother). Biolay also produced, played several instruments (guitar, trumpet, and trombone), and provided the orchestral arrangements. The pleasing results are somewhat like a modern-day Serge Gainsbourg-Françoise Hardy collaboration. They even duet on one song, "Decrocher les Etoiles." Consequently, Biolay has often been compared to Gainsbourg, and Keren Ann has often been compared to Hardy, but Keren Ann -- like Biolay -- is a multi-instrumentalist, as well, and plays guitar and clarinet on the album. In addition, she has written songs for other artists, most notably Henri Salvador. The Brazilian-sounding "Jardin d'Hiver," which appears on La Biographie (and was co-written by Biolay), first showed up on Salvador's Chambre Avec Vue. It became a big hit for the 83-year-old French jazz musician and would garner awards (like the prestigious Victoires de la Musique) and considerable acclaim for Keren Ann and Biolay. ~ Kathleen C. Fennessy
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French Music - Released January 25, 2019 | Universal Music Division Polydor

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Pop - Released October 17, 2004 | Believe

Keren Ann Zeidel relocated to New York between the release of Not Going Anywhere and Nolita (which, more than anything else, stands for moving just north of Little Italy). Nolita also marks her separation from creative partner Benjamin Biolay. While pre-production for Nolita began in France -- and indeed, half the tracks here are in French -- the album was finished in her new home country. She produced it herself. These songs are different than the hip lullabies of Not Going Anywhere. The music here is breezy still -- there's so much air and whisp in her voice and in the arrangements one can get the impression the music is literally floating by -- but there is weight in the lyrics and in the instrumentation. And while Zeidel's songwriting may be graced by the kisses of many of her influences, from Astrud Gilberto to Joni Mitchell to Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin to Belle and Sebastian, her music here is her own, and it unwraps itself very, very slowly. The French cuts stand out, such as the dreamy, seductive ballad "L'Onde Amere," with Avishai Morin's trumpet playing Chet Baker to her Françoise Hardy. Likewise the Mellotron, bass and electric guitar saunter that introduces "La Forme et le Fond," feels more like samba meets backbeat conscious post-rock at a snail's pace. However, taken as a whole, Nolita is utterly beguiling. It is assured, statuesque, and fully realized. It captures moments, single moments, and stretches them out as it imprints on the mind and in the heart of the listener. ~ Thom Jurek
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Pop - Released March 25, 2016 | Universal Music Division Polydor

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