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On "Au Cafe de la Paix", Thomas Fersen starts things off with a deceptively buoyant tune that describes a man waiting at a cafe for a woman who never comes. Coralie Clement brings a Brazilian bossa nova backbeat to "Samba de Mon Coeur Qui Bat", as Pascal Parisot does similarly to his ennui-filled "Je Reste Au Lit", which sounds like it would fit right in on the Riviera circa 1965. A nice gypsy jazz feel pervades both Karpatt's "Dites Moi Tu" featuring guest singer Fleur, and Paris Combo's "Lettre A P...", a downbeat waltz with an effectively muted trumpet underlining singer Belle du Berry. Cara Bruni's folkish "Quelqu'un M'a Dit" is a high point with her breathless lyrics wafting over a strumming acoustic guitar.
Global vibes abound with Keren Ann, who lends a darker, Latin-tinged tone to "Jardin D'Hiver", and Myrtille, who seems to bring a whole third world beat to "Les Pages". Sounding like a Gallic version of Men at Work, Tryo performs "Serre-Moi" with jaunty fervor. There are a couple of songs that border on the strange.Read more ›
Packed with some of the best, chilled French café songs of the moment, Paris is this summer's essential for barbeques, soirées, dinner parties or possibly just for those hot nights in.
From Coralie Clément singing seductively about the "Samba de Mon Coeur Qui Bat" to the equally seductive Carla Bruni's "Quelqu'un M'a Dit", Keren Ann's "Jardin d'Hiver" -- which she whispers rather than sings -- and Karpatt's caressed and tapped acoustic guitar, this is a compilation of class and smooth charm.
While Paris recalls the heyday of French chanson it is a thoroughly modern mix from the nouvelle scène. It's entirely easy listening -- nothing from the outer reaches of French culture here.
Part of the proceeds from each CD sold goes to Terre des Hommes, who support disadvantaged children around the world, so you can feel good about your purchase while humming along to the catchy tunes.
PARIS is a delightful compilation of Parisian music from the Nouvelle Scene (new scene). When I listen to the cd, I feel like I am sitting outside of a Parisian cafe. The music is very mellow. It is a mix of folk and pop with a French twist. Although I do not understand the French language, I nevertheless love listening to the language the artists sings in. One of my personal favorite songs on the album is "Quelqu'un M'a Dit" by Carla Bruni, the latest wife of France's president. Normally I get turned off when models try to sing (or act) but with Carla she surprised me by showing that she is more than a capable artist. I also enjoyed the songs by Coralie Clement and Aldebert in particular. There is not a single track on the album that I didn't like.
I'm a French-American gal and speak fluent French, but you don't have to to enjoy this CD.
Put it on, have a cafe, and simply pretend you are in Paris.
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Very sweet easy listening music. My husband is from Paris hasn't lived there for over 20 years now. He didn't recognise the musicians but enjoyed the music all the same.Published 2 months ago by Katie
Will put you in a Parisian mood. Wonderful, mostly contemporary, French songs.Published 2 months ago by Rosco
Love all the tracks. Excellent recording & sound quality which can be expected from Putumayo. Beautiful songs & rhythm! Very enjoyable & listenable!Published 5 months ago by Roland Tan
This is NOT the lovely romantic FRENCH music I'd hoped for. The reviews talked me out of my original choice.. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Phyllis nelson
Wonderful songs. I play it in the car some since our daughter is learning to speak French. Delightful selection of tunes.Published 11 months ago by Charles Sinclair
I've purchased a CD for my family and all of us of different ages loved it, so we got one more as a gift for a young friend who takes French at school.
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