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Infréquentable

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Bénabar rose to critical acclaim with his third album, Les Risques du Métier 2003, and chart-topping success with his fourth, Reprise des Négociations 2005, and he saw the highlights of his back catalog compiled a couple years later on Best of Bénabar 2007. Released on the heels of that greatest-hits collection, Infréquentable adds several more highlights to the already illustrious career of one of France's brightest stars. It begins and ends on high points with "L'Effet Papillon" and "Infréquentable," and there are plenty more standout songs sequenced between, among them "Pas du Tout" and "À la Campagne." As always, Bénabar is an amusing songwriter with a gift for storytelling who finds both humor and fascination ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
Bénabar rose to critical acclaim with his third album, Les Risques du Métier 2003, and chart-topping success with his fourth, Reprise des Négociations 2005, and he saw the highlights of his back catalog compiled a couple years later on Best of Bénabar 2007. Released on the heels of that greatest-hits collection, Infréquentable adds several more highlights to the already illustrious career of one of France's brightest stars. It begins and ends on high points with "L'Effet Papillon" and "Infréquentable," and there are plenty more standout songs sequenced between, among them "Pas du Tout" and "À la Campagne." As always, Bénabar is an amusing songwriter with a gift for storytelling who finds both humor and fascination with the everyday occurrences of contemporary life. For instance, "Les Numéros" is a song about all the numbers people must deal with on a daily basis in today's information age -- from telephone numbers to debit card numbers -- and even a subject as mundane as this is somehow fun when channeled into the context of a three-minute song by Bénabar. Practically all of the songs on Infréquentable are as upbeat and playful as before, with the tempo slowing down only a couple times for "Malgré Tout" and "Les Reflets Verts." Given the success of Bénabar's past couple albums, there are no doubt a lot of high expectations for Infréquentable, which in many ways is a continuation of Reprise des Négociations, especially in the sense that each song is unique -- some funny, others sentimental or serious, some much better than others. Those hoping for a new batch of songs from Bénabar in a similarly mixed style to past efforts will find plenty to enjoy on Infréquentable, an album with no shortage of standouts. On the other hand, anyone expecting Bénabar to break new ground or experiment with his well-established style, whether in terms of lyrics or music, might end up disappointed by this effort, which is sure to secure his place near the top of the French charts for yet another year's time.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/14/2008
  • Label: Jive / Sbme Europe
  • UPC: 886973981429
  • Catalog Number: 739814
  • Sales rank: 231,547

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 L' Effet Papillon (4:12)
  2. 2 Allez! (3:39)
  3. 3 Les Numéros (3:02)
  4. 4 Malgré Tout (3:33)
  5. 5 Tout Vu, Tout Lu (3:11)
  6. 6 Pas du Tout (2:27)
  7. 7 Où T'Étais Passé? (2:57)
  8. 8 Voir sans Etre Vu (4:12)
  9. 9 A la Campagne (3:47)
  10. 10 Les Reflets Verts (2:58)
  11. 11 Si J'Avais Su (3:21)
  12. 12 Infréquentable (5:52)
  13. 13 [CD-Rom Track]
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bénabar Primary Artist
Derek Watkins Trumpet, Bugle
Ian Thomas Drums
Mark Berrow Violone
Dave Bishop Baritone Saxophone
Richard Edwards Tenor Trombone
Simon Gardner Trumpet, Bugle
Isobel Griffiths Performing Ensemble
Garfield Jackson Alto
Chris Laurence Contrabass (Vocal)
Martin Loveday Cello
Rita Manning Violone
Anthony Pleeth Cello
Johnathan Rees Violone
Jamie Talbot Alto Saxophone
Philip Todd Tenor Saxophone
Laurent Vernerey Guitar, Contrabass (Vocal), Basse
Mary Scully Contrabass (Vocal)
Peter Lale Alto
Patrick Kiernan Violone
Boguslaw Kostecki Violone
Jackie Shave Violone
Bruce White Alto
David Daniels [cello] Cello
Julian Leaper Violone
Louis Chédid Choeurs
Denis Benarrosch Percussion, Drums
Everton Nelson Violone
Perry Mason Violone
Rachel Bolt Alto
Emlyn Singleton Violone
Warren Zielinski Violone
Andy Wood Bass Trombone
Lionel Suarez Accordion
Simon Andrieux Tuba
Yann Martin Trumpet
Marion Richeux Choeurs
Vincent Blaviel Musical Direction, Choeurs
Olivier Daviaud Piano
François Poggio Guitar
Denis Grare Choeurs
Olivier Lefebvre Choeurs
Martin Saccardy Trumpet, Choeurs
Florence Levillain Choeurs
Stéphane Kovalsky Choeurs
Sylvain Gazaignes Choeurs
Bertrand "Bret" Commère Guitar, Mandoline
Charlotte Auger Tuba
Haidouti Orkestar Brass
Vicci Ardman Alto
Stéphanie Grand Choeurs
Christophe Lameignère Choeurs
Eric Lavaine Choeurs
Krassen Lutzkanov Saxophone
Luis Rigout Flute
Jean-François Berger Piano, Strings, Hammond Organ, Clavier, fender rhodes
Fabrice Ravel-Chapuis Piano, Clavier
Christopher Tombling Violone
David Woodcock Violone
Peter Hanson Violone
Technical Credits
David Whitaker Arranger, Direcccion de Cuerdas
Francois Delabriere Engineer
Louis Chédid Composer
Perry Mason Art Direction
Mandy Parnell Mastering
Bénabar Composer
Marion Richeux Management
Rodolphe Plisson Montage
Sylvain Gazaignes Artistic Director
Bertrand "Bret" Commère Arranger
Gaël Fajeau Contributor
Jasko Ramic Arranger, Director
Jean-François Berger Arranger, Director, Programming, Direcccion de Cuerdas
Fabrice Ravel-Chapuis Arranger, Programming, Direcccion de Cuerdas
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