Alphabet du Plaisir: Best of 1982-2005

L' Alphabet du Plaisir: Best of 1982-2005

by Isabelle Antena
     
 

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Covering everything from the sole album from Antena the group to 2005's Easy Does It, L'Alphabet du Plaisir is an enjoyable overview of Isabella Antena's lengthy career, covering nearly 25 years of explorations into pop, jazz, bossa nova, and more. Antena's idiosyncratic career isn't nearly as shatteringly chaotic as Björk's, say,…  See more details below

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Covering everything from the sole album from Antena the group to 2005's Easy Does It, L'Alphabet du Plaisir is an enjoyable overview of Isabella Antena's lengthy career, covering nearly 25 years of explorations into pop, jazz, bossa nova, and more. Antena's idiosyncratic career isn't nearly as shatteringly chaotic as Björk's, say, and certainly is relatively less well known, but the same spirit of "if it works, try it" applies to both musicians. As such L'Alphabet makes a good introduction for those unfamiliar with her work. There are no rarities for the hardcore fan, but as the judicious sampling covers some of her harder-to-find work as well as more famous choices, including the mysterious, post-punk-shaded take on "The Boy from Ipanema" that first made Antena's name, there's no cause for complaint. Following a generally chronological path aside from the final cut, L'Alphabet lets you hear Antena's winning voice grow in confidence -- from the slight hesitance of "Camino del Sol" to the full-bodied performances on "Eternity" -- without betraying the goal of performing in a joyful crooning style that would have been equally at home in the '60s as much as the 21st century. Tracks like "Le Poisson des Mers du Sud" and "Omerta Bossa" are bubbling joys of gentle groove that suit Antena perfectly, showing once again that not all dance music need be in your face. At the same time, when a shuffling but strong funk beat kicks in halfway through "La Raison du Plus Cool" -- not to mention what could almost be metal riffs buried in the background! -- it's great to see how she uses them as part of her overall approach.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/11/2005
Label:
Ltm
UPC:
5024545356427
catalogNumber:
2452
Rank:
192247

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Isabelle Antena   Primary Artist
Jean-Pierre Catoul   Musician
Danny Cummings   Musician
Tommy Eyre   Musician
Nicolas Fiszman   Musician
Pietro Lacirignola   Musician
Frank Michiels   Musician
Paolo Radoni   Musician
Frank Ricotti   Musician
Camelle Hinds   Musician
Patrick Deltenre   Musician
Bea Luna   Background Vocals
Dirk Schoufs   Musician
Michel Hatzigeorgiou   Musician
Daniele Scannapieco   Musician
Nicola Conte   Musician
Pietro Ciancaglini   Musician
Pietro Lussu   Musician
Lorenzo Tucci   Musician
Marco DeMeersman   Musician
Thierry Gutman   Musician
Sylvain Fasy   Musician
Pascale Moiroud   Musician
Hans Helewaut   Musician
Pierpaolo Bisogno   Musician
Denis Moulin   Background Vocals,Musician
Marianne James   Musician

Technical Credits

Henry Mancini   Composer
Barry Manilow   Composer
John Foxx   Producer
Serge Gainsbourg   Composer
Gabriel Yared   Composer
Don Black   Composer
Danny Cummings   Engineer
Nicolas Fiszman   Producer
Martin Hayles   Producer
Gareth Jones   Engineer
Giles Martin   Engineer
Alan Moulder   Engineer
Bruno Donini   Engineer
Phil Delire   Engineer
Dirk Schoufs   Producer
Tommy Cavalieri   Engineer
Pierre Vandormael   Composer
Nicola Conte   Arranger,Producer
James Nice   Compilation Coordinator
Julien Potter   Cover Design
J.M. Rivat   Adaptation
Sylvain Fasy   Composer
Pascale Moiroud   Composer
Hans Helewaut   Composer
Freddy Sunder   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Fritz Sundermann   Composer
Denis Moulin   Director,Producer,Engineer
Marito Correa   Composer

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