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French Cuisine

4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Deadly Species
  2. Belle
  3. Enough
  4. Forgotten Places
  5. My Soul
  6. Rain River
  7. I Feel Blue
  8. L' Amor Nunca Muere
  9. Les 4 Vents
  10. Mélismes Extatiques


Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 21, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Compost
  • ASIN: B000CCBPGO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #325,413 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I stumbled upon this album while browsing about on the iTunes store. I ended up downloading one of the tracks because it seemed catchy to me (Forgotten Places), and as it came up in some of my playlists, I realized that I really, really liked it... like, really.

So I went back to iTunes and grabbed two more tracks (Belle and L'amor Nunca Muere) and I feel the same way. The tunes are nice at first, and then you start to become a bit addicted. The mix of jazzy elements with some standard devices of the electronic world works well. Some of the selections have a hint of Portishead, but everything seems to be pretty original (I don't have a knowledge of this genre comprehensive enough to definitive claim on that one).

If you like things like Thievery Corporation, Zero 7, Portishead, Twerk and Soul Coughing, then I think you'd get a big kick out of this disc.
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Alif Tree's third album, FRENCH CUISINE, continues his nu-jazz explorations with the slow piano-driven "Deadly Species," with a smoky Nina Simone sample. The nocturnal mood cements itself quite quickly, and before you know it, you're in a lounge somewhere, head nodding along to the tracks. "Belle" gallops along with the Anna Karina's delicate chanson vocals, while the strings of "Enough" are there to sweep you off your feet. "Forgotten Places" brings up to stand-up double-bass jazz with plenty of attitude from a Shirley Horn sample, though "My Soul" slows things down momentarily with a fuzzed out journey into a rainy afternoon looking out a window before the drums and bass come to turn that rain into a thunderstorm. "Rain River" has a more ethnic feel at the start, though its piano chords bring it back in line with the mainstream (not that that bad, mind you). The filtered vocals of "I Feel Blue" are perhaps a bit much for a more traditional track, but it's a minor misstep at best (the same could be said for the slightly aimless "Les 4 Vents"). The aching Spanish vocals of "L' Amor Nunca Muere" quickly clear the air, as does the African kalimba of "Mélismes Extatiques." This is cuisine that you'll want to taste again and again.
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One of alifs best recordings. Great lounge style to this one, but still alif tree sound. Put it on during a dinner party.
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