Pluie Sans Parapluine

La Pluie Sans Parapluine

by Françoise Hardy
     
 

The English-speaking world may only remember Françoise Hardy as a '60s icon, but in France, she is rightly considered a major artist. The truth is that in the course of a 48-year career, Hardy has released 26 albums, almost invariably excellent. La Pluie Sans Parapluine is her first collection of original material in six years, a period the famously reclusive…  See more details below

Overview

The English-speaking world may only remember Françoise Hardy as a '60s icon, but in France, she is rightly considered a major artist. The truth is that in the course of a 48-year career, Hardy has released 26 albums, almost invariably excellent. La Pluie Sans Parapluine is her first collection of original material in six years, a period the famously reclusive Hardy spent in putting together a duets album, and writing a very successful autobiography. Compared to 2004's elegiac Tant de Belles Choses, La Pluie Sans Parapluine is a much sunnier album, one that immediately brings to mind the lush yet intimate pop of her early-'70s work, such as Message Personnel and Et Si Je M'en Vais Avant Toi. "Sunnier," however, is an adjective that can only be used in comparison, as Hardy's entire oeuvre is the very definition of nocturnal, embodied in her dreamy hush of a voice against velvety arrangements. In this context, it only means that a few songs, such as the opener "Noir su Blanc" or "Champ d'Honneur," are driven by a typical rhythm track of drums and bass, rather than by piano or strings. Hardy writes the majority of the texts, while longtime collaborator Alain Lubrano and a cohort of France's most stylish tunesmiths such as Calogero, Murat, La Grande Sophie, Arthur H, or Pascale Daniel, as well as Germany's Fouxi and England's Ben Christophers, contribute fitting soundtracks to her catalog of longing, regret, and sensuous abandon. A particularly inspired second half includes gems such as "Le Temps de la Innocence" or "Mister," both worthy of a place among her late-'60s masterpieces Comment Te Dire Adieu or Ma Jeunesse Fout le Camp. As most Françoise Hardy releases go, La Pluie Sans Parapluine could easily double as a handbook in French elegance, it's got timeless class.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/06/2010
Label:
Emi France
UPC:
5099962764322
catalogNumber:
6276432

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Françoise Hardy   Primary Artist
Khalil Chahine   Piano
Jeff Levine   Piano
Laurent Vernerey   Basse
Mark Plati   Basse
Jean-Louis Murat   Clavier,Choeurs,Basse
Alain Lubrano   Piano,Clavier,Wurlitzer
Benoit Corboz   Piano,Clavier,fender rhodes
Alain Lanty   Piano
Pierre Jaconelli   Guitarelle
Marcello Giuliani   Basse
Calogero   Choeurs
Edith Fambuena   Clavier
Eric Lopez   Bass
Thierry Stremler   Piano,Clavecin

Technical Credits

Khalil Chahine   Orchestration,Direction
Françoise Hardy   Composer
Mark Plati   Additional Production
Jean-Louis Murat   Composer
Alain Lubrano   Composer
Ben Christophers   Composer
Jean-Louis Duralek   Artwork
Calogero   Composer
Pascale Daniel   Composer
Grande Sophie   Composer
Thierry Stremler   Composer
Gioacchino   Composer
Benoît Peverelli   Cover Photo
Patrick Loiseau   Composer

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