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La Superbe [Deluxe Edition]

La Superbe [Deluxe Edition]

by Benjamin Biolay
     
 

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Hailed as the wunderkind of a new generation of French songwriters, Benjamin Biolay has often divided opinion, as his undeniable talents are not always exempt from narcissism. His sprawling double-album La Superbe will provide both admirers and critics with plenty of ammunition. While many contemporary French artists have unabashedly attempted to present

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Hailed as the wunderkind of a new generation of French songwriters, Benjamin Biolay has often divided opinion, as his undeniable talents are not always exempt from narcissism. His sprawling double-album La Superbe will provide both admirers and critics with plenty of ammunition. While many contemporary French artists have unabashedly attempted to present themselves as the natural heir to Serge Gainsbourg, Biolay is arguably the strongest contender to the throne. He is a consummate master of the sultry boy/girl dialogue against an ostinato motif of swirling strings that Gainsbourg patented in the '60s, and that since the '90s has seemingly become the Holy Grail of a hefty chuck of the alternative scene (Pulp, Divine Comedy, Tindersticks, Blur, Portishead, Placebo, Suede, etc.). Nowhere is this more evident in La Superbe than in "Brandt Rhapsodie," where Biolay and Jeanne Cherhal act out an entire French film of the "couple conversation" genre inside of a five-minute pop song, with results that are -- much like those films -- as seductive as they can be infuriating. The same applies for much of this album. Biolay is clearly at the top of his game as a composer and arranger, and indeed La Superbe sounds like the ultimate decalogue of French sensuality, but there is a limit as to how many long-winded, cinematic, spoken monologues on sex, the futility of life, and languid bitterness a record can hold. This ambitious but definitely self-indulgent project plays almost like a suite and can too easily become a sensuous sonic blur, one where it becomes hard to discern individually memorable songs. It should be noted, however, that La Superbe was greeted with rave reviews in France, many judging it to be Biolay's masterpiece. Still, in spite of its impeccable realization, one cannot help but to recommend the perfect pop conciseness of early Biolay albums, such as Rose Kennedy or L'Origine, to the lush abandon and excess of La Superbe.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/27/2010
Label:
Naive
UPC:
3298498186123
catalogNumber:
818612

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Benjamin Biolay   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Flugelhorn,Clavier
Nicolas Fiszman   Bass,Guitar,Electric Guitar
Magnus Persson   Percussion,Drums,Glockenspiel,Vibes
Hans Vandaele   Violin,Cello
Bart Lemmens   Violin
Pierre Jaconelli   Bass
Mark Steylaerts   Violin
Veronique Gilis   Violin
Gudrun Vercampt   Violin
Elsa Benabdallah   Violin
Dieter Limbourg   Saxophone
Karel Steylaerts   Violin,Cello
Estelle Villotte   Viola
Jeanne Cherhal   Vocals
Caroline Vernay   Violin
Clément Dumoulin   Keyboards
Denis Benarrosh   Drums
Gesa Hansen   Choir, Chorus
Frederico Schindler   Vocals
Frédéric Peyrat   Violin,Cello
Marc Chouarain   Theremin
Valérie Donzelli   Spoken Word
Ruben Simeo   Trumpet,Piccolo Trumpet
Philippe Almosnino   Guitar

Technical Credits

Erwin Autrique   Engineer
Magnus Persson   Simmons
Pierre Jaconelli   Composer,Producer
Benjamin Biolay   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,String Arrangements,String Director
Mathieu Marietti   Engineer
Sylvain Mercier   Engineer
Thierry Planelle   Artistic Director
Jeanne Cherhal   Composer
Clément Dumoulin   Programming
Béatrice Chauvin   Producer
Paul-Edouard Laurendeau   Engineer

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