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In Miss Meteores, Olivia Ruiz's third album, the young French songwriter seems more in control than ever of her artistic persona, and clearly cherishing every bit of her liberation from the shadow of her Star Academy fame. For starters, she wrote all the lyrics for her new album, as well as co-writing most of the music with longtime partner Mathias Malzieu. Ruiz enthusiastically tries her hand at everything in Miss Meteores, verging from French chanson to hard rock, or from blues to calypso and folk, as well as singing in three languages and featuring several guests from all across the board: Austrian folk outfit Lonely Drifter Karen, rapper Toan, French rock group ...
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All Music Guide - Mariano Prunes
In Miss Meteores, Olivia Ruiz's third album, the young French songwriter seems more in control than ever of her artistic persona, and clearly cherishing every bit of her liberation from the shadow of her Star Academy fame. For starters, she wrote all the lyrics for her new album, as well as co-writing most of the music with longtime partner Mathias Malzieu. Ruiz enthusiastically tries her hand at everything in Miss Meteores, verging from French chanson to hard rock, or from blues to calypso and folk, as well as singing in three languages and featuring several guests from all across the board: Austrian folk outfit Lonely Drifter Karen, rapper Toan, French rock group Coming Soon, Christian Olivier from Têtes Raides, the Noisettes, and even members of her own family. For all of this diversity, songs share a certain similarity. They are all around three minutes long, and most boast a fairly traditional structure of verse/chorus. A very keen interest in sonic texture is what separates this material from similar pop endeavors (including previous Ruiz albums), one that seems to take most of its cues from the musical universe of Tom Waits or Vinicio Capossela. Indeed, regardless of the musical genre of choice, instrumentation remains similar in its penchant for a drunken carnival feel, full of twinkling pianos, staccato patterns, horns, and all sorts of oscillating percussion and other noises, such as the screeching door sounds in the Tim Burton-esque lullaby "Peur du Noir." Of course, what keeps everything together is Ruiz' vocals and lyrics, although her range and perspective do not always seem well-suited for so many stylistic twists and turns. There is something slightly jarring about Ruiz's voice that gives her every song a rather acerbic edge. Her irony works perfectly when writing character studies of neurotic types (very much in sync with traditional modes of French chanson, albeit in a contemporary and feminine guise), such as the singles "Elle Panique" and "Les Crêpes aux Champignons." By the same token, it is hard for such a voice to denote tenderness, so her love songs are not as convincing -- and neither are some of the album's experiments, such as Ruiz's impersonation of a blues singer in "Spit the Devil," or her misguided attempts to sing in Spanish. Not coincidentally, the best moments of this album happen when either Ruiz sticks to her forte, or in the duets, when her one-dimensional voice is balanced by her guests ("Eight O'Clock," "When the Night Comes"). It may not succeed at every turn, but Miss Meteores certainly witnesses Ruiz growing by leaps and bounds, aided by first-rate production and arrangements.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/7/2009
  • Label: Polydor Import
  • UPC: 600753169278
  • Catalog Number: 5316927

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Elle Panique (2:32)
  2. 2 Les Crêpes aux Champignons (3:11)
  3. 3 Belle À en Crever (3:32)
  4. 4 Spit the Devil (2:31)
  5. 5 Les Météores (2:53)
  6. 6 Mon Petit À Petit (2:52)
  7. 7 When the Night Comes - Lonely Drifter Karen (3:02)
  8. 8 Le Saule Pleureur - Toan (3:34)
  9. 9 Quedate (2:50)
  10. 10 La Mam' (3:27)
  11. 11 Don't Call Me Madam - Coming Soon (3:13)
  12. 12 Peur du Noir (3:19)
  13. 13 Eight O'Clock - Coming Soon (4:37)
  14. 14 Six Mètres - Christian Olivier (2:00)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Olivia Ruiz Primary Artist, Choeurs
Didier Havet Helicon
Geoffrey Burton Guitar
Jacques Tellitocci Percussion
Dominique Cravic Ukulele
Denis Barthe Drums, Sanza
Matthias Mahler Trombone
Philippe Entressangle Drums
Bertrand Belin Banjo, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Theremin
Cédric Chatelain Clarinet, Flute, Oboe, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Blaise Margail Trombone, Beat Box
Olivier Daviaud Cello, Choeurs
Laurent Bardainne Baritone Saxophone
Mathias Malzieu Autoharp, Ukulele, Choeurs
Technical Credits
Jean-Pierre Chalbos Mastering
Christophe Marais Engineer
Yann Orhan Artwork
Olivia Ruiz Composer, Artwork
Olivier Daviaud Arranger, Brass Arrangment, Choir Arrangement
Mathias Malzieu Composer
Lonely Drifter Karen Composer
Didier Blanc Composer
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