Fraise Vanille [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
Helena Noguerra possesses the kind of voice that draws you into her songs, wrapping you in warmth and caressing you with a soft touch. Her previous two albums under her own name (and with Philippe Katerine producing and writing the songs) were bewitching exercises in soft-focus sweetness. For Fraise Vanille, Helena didn't use Katerine's production or songs. Instead the album is a tribute to the composer Serge Revanzi, the go-to composer for the French New Wave of the 1960s. His songs are simple pop tunes with lilting melodies that are perfectly matched to Noguerra's airy, sweet vocals. She and co-producer Sébastien Martel give each song an individual touch, sometimes veering...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
Helena Noguerra possesses the kind of voice that draws you into her songs, wrapping you in warmth and caressing you with a soft touch. Her previous two albums under her own name (and with Philippe Katerine producing and writing the songs) were bewitching exercises in soft-focus sweetness. For Fraise Vanille, Helena didn't use Katerine's production or songs. Instead the album is a tribute to the composer Serge Revanzi, the go-to composer for the French New Wave of the 1960s. His songs are simple pop tunes with lilting melodies that are perfectly matched to Noguerra's airy, sweet vocals. She and co-producer Sébastien Martel give each song an individual touch, sometimes veering into deep left field (like on the freewheeling trombone and snare duet of "La Vie de Cocagne") but never losing the intimate charm she instantly creates when she opens her mouth to sing. This attention to sonic detail means that despite the overall restraint shown by both singer and musicians alike, the album is always interesting, and on tracks like the sultry "La Peau Leon" or the heartbreakingly intimate "Moire Prefere," quite enthralling. Another thing that enhances the album but never breaks the near-magical spell are duets with Vincent Delerm, Marie-France, and the composer himself on the sprightly "Nous Vivions Duex." Only the wacky duet with the nearly banished Katerine on the silly "La Becasse" breaks the mood but luckily it falls at the end of the record and serves as a humorous coda. You don't have to know a thing about Nouvelle Vague to fall head over heels for this album; all you need are a set of working ears and a love of intimate, sexy, and lovely French pop.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/4/2008
  • Label: Sunny Side
  • UPC: 016728307727
  • Catalog Number: 3077
  • Sales rank: 147,672

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Le Tourbillon (2:43)
  2. 2 Les Mots de Rien - Vincent Delerm (2:02)
  3. 3 Adieu Ma Vie (2:01)
  4. 4 La Vie S'Envole (2:57)
  5. 5 Tout Morose (3:30)
  6. 6 La Vie de Cocagne (2:37)
  7. 7 Les Autoroutes (2:34)
  8. 8 J'Ai La Mémoire Qui Flanche (2:47)
  9. 9 La Peau Léon (2:17)
  10. 10 Moi Je Préfère (3:20)
  11. 11 A Travers Notre Chambre (4:33)
  12. 12 Jamais Je Ne T'Ai Dit... - Marie-France (4:02)
  13. 13 Caresse-Moi J'Adore Ça (3:34)
  14. 14 Notre Folle Jeunesse (2:30)
  15. 15 Minuit Orly (4:48)
  16. 16 Les Mensonges (3:38)
  17. 17 Nous Vivions Deux - Serge Rezvani (2:01)
  18. 18 Blues Indolent (Vague Vague) (3:52)
  19. 19 La Bécasse (4:07)
  20. 20 Tout Morose
  21. 21 Nous Vivions Deux
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Helena Primary Artist
Philippe Eveno Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Bertrand Burgalat Vibes
Benoît Delbecq Piano, Casio
Christophe "Disco" Minck Bass
Sebastien Martel Banjo, Bass, Flute, Guitar, Harmonica, Choir, Chorus, Beat Box, Lap Steel Guitar
Pamelia Kurstin Theremin
Franck Monnet Choir, Chorus
Vincent Delerm Vocals
Jeff Boudreaux Drums
Julien Baer Harmonica, Piano, Melodica
Martin Gamet Bass
Serge Rezvani Vocals
Technical Credits
Mike Marsh Mastering
Benoît Delbecq Programming
Sebastien Martel Producer
Lukas "Blasty" Chauvière Engineer
Serge Rezvani Composer
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