M & J

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All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
Vanessa Paradis' pleasantly understated 1987 debut propelled the then 16 year old into modeling, acting, and further singing when the single "Joe Le Taxi" became an unlikely international hit. She would go on to become a French national treasure, date Johnny Depp, and be Lenny Kravitz' 1970s AM radio muse on a memorable English-language effort. But disregarding all of that, M & J is a remarkably solid album, driven steadily along by lite-pop arrangements and Paradis' disarming vocals. She's not an accomplished singer; at the same time, her wispy, girlish voice nestles perfectly into the album's clutch of head-nodding numbers. "Maxou"'s simply sunny piano flirts with a...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
Vanessa Paradis' pleasantly understated 1987 debut propelled the then 16 year old into modeling, acting, and further singing when the single "Joe Le Taxi" became an unlikely international hit. She would go on to become a French national treasure, date Johnny Depp, and be Lenny Kravitz' 1970s AM radio muse on a memorable English-language effort. But disregarding all of that, M & J is a remarkably solid album, driven steadily along by lite-pop arrangements and Paradis' disarming vocals. She's not an accomplished singer; at the same time, her wispy, girlish voice nestles perfectly into the album's clutch of head-nodding numbers. "Maxou"'s simply sunny piano flirts with a wide-eyed, almost naïve vocal; it's easy to imagine a black-and-white, silent movie sequence where the beguiling Vanessa is pursued through the streets of Paris by a luckless suitor. Paradis sashays her way across "Mosquito"'s slight new wave groove and sells the Latin cabaret feel of "Marilyn & John" with aplomb. But it's the wistful "Joe Let Taxi" where she really shines, since the track's sax-laced slow burn is the perfect foil for her fetching delivery. Remember in Tom & Jerry when Tom floats on the intoxicating drift of his true love's perfume? That's what this entire album makes you feel like.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/12/1999
  • Label: Barclay
  • UPC: 042283594920
  • Catalog Number: 835949
  • Sales rank: 55,605

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Marilyn & John (5:48)
  2. 2 Maxou (3:50)
  3. 3 Le Bon Dieu Est un Marin (4:28)
  4. 4 Mosquito (4:21)
  5. 5 Soldat (5:41)
  6. 6 Joe le Taxi (3:56)
  7. 7 Coupe Coupe (5:21)
  8. 8 Chat Ananas (3:47)
  9. 9 Scarabee (6:25)
  10. 10 Marilyn & John (5:46)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Vanessa Paradis Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Vocals
Patrick Bourgoin Saxophone
Carole Fredericks Choir, Chorus
Yvone Jones Choir, Chorus
François Ovide Guitar
Patrice Tison Guitar
Philippe Omnes Synthesizer, Guitar, Bass (Vocal), Clavier
Franck Langolff Guitar, Harmonica
Anne Calvert Choir, Chorus
Alain Ganne Saxophone
Anne Papiri Choir, Chorus
Technical Credits
Philippe Omnes Arranger, Programming, Producer
Franck Langolff Arranger, Composer, Producer
Etienne Roda-Gil Composer
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