Nolita

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Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
French singer and songwriter Keren Ann holed up in New York after her lauded American debut, Not Going Anywhere, absorbing a great deal of Velvet Underground vibes and Chelsea Hotel mythology, to judge from the sound of Nolita. But the sparse atmospherics are perfumed with a French airiness that makes it more refreshing than retread. Interpolating French reflections such as "Que n' ai-je?" with the guitar-and-fiddle blues of "Chelsea Burns" makes for a unique sort of memento, where America and New York are the exotic world and Europe the quotidian. Keren Ann's dreamy, not-quite-singing voice makes the multilingual set uniformly ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
French singer and songwriter Keren Ann holed up in New York after her lauded American debut, Not Going Anywhere, absorbing a great deal of Velvet Underground vibes and Chelsea Hotel mythology, to judge from the sound of Nolita. But the sparse atmospherics are perfumed with a French airiness that makes it more refreshing than retread. Interpolating French reflections such as "Que n' ai-je?" with the guitar-and-fiddle blues of "Chelsea Burns" makes for a unique sort of memento, where America and New York are the exotic world and Europe the quotidian. Keren Ann's dreamy, not-quite-singing voice makes the multilingual set uniformly soothing.
All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Keren Ann Zeidel relocated to New York between the release of Not Going Anywhere and Nolita which, more than anything else, stands for moving just north of Little Italy. Nolita also marks her separation from creative partner Benjamin Biolay. While pre-production for Nolita began in France -- and indeed, half the tracks here are in French -- the album was finished in her new home country. She produced it herself. These songs are different than the hip lullabies of Not Going Anywhere. The music here is breezy still -- there's so much air and whisp in her voice and in the arrangements one can get the impression the music is literally floating by -- but there is weight in the lyrics and in the instrumentation. And while Zeidel's songwriting may be graced by the kisses of many of her influences, from Astrud Gilberto to Joni Mitchell to Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin to Belle and Sebastian, her music here is her own, and it unwraps itself very, very slowly. The French cuts stand out, such as the dreamy, seductive ballad "L'Onde Amere," with Avishai Morin's trumpet playing Chet Baker to her Françoise Hardy. Likewise the Mellotron, bass and electric guitar saunter that introduces "La Forme et le Fond," feels more like samba meets backbeat conscious post-rock at a snail's pace. However, taken as a whole, Nolita is utterly beguiling. It is assured, statuesque, and fully realized. It captures moments, single moments, and stretches them out as it imprints on the mind and in the heart of the listener.
Rolling Stone - Barry Walters
1/2 Bilingual chamber pop that suggests French Sixties chanteuse Franbroise Hardy whispering ballads from the first Velvet Underground album.

1/2 Bilingual chamber pop that suggests French Sixties chanteuse Franbroise Hardy whispering ballads from the first Velvet Underground album.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/21/2004
  • Label: Emi Import
  • UPC: 724387564206
  • Catalog Number: 875642
  • Sales rank: 175,444

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Keren Ann Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Sitar, Vocals, Various
Jean-Jacques Milteau Harmonica
Karen Brunon Violin
Jack Petruzzelli Dobro, Guitar, Electric Guitar
Laurent Vernerey Bass
Denis Benarrosch Drums
Jason Hart Mellotron, Siren
Avishai Cohen Trumpet
Sean Gullette Spoken Word
Bruno Dejarnac Bass, Drums, Vocals
David Maurin Cymbals, Drums, Tambourine
Christophe Morin Cello
Avishai Morin Trumpet
Philipsens Clappers
Nicole Renaud Soprano
Jesse Schiffren Mandolin, Violin
Jeremy Turner Cello
Technical Credits
Guy Chambers Composer
Jack Petruzzelli Sound Effects
Antoine Artwork
Sean Gullette Storyteller
Keren Ann Programming, Producer, Engineer, Audio Production, Instrumentation
Bruno Dejarnac Engineer
Lisa Roze Cover Photo
Bardi Johannsson Programming
Doriand Composer
Hubert Decottignies Engineer
Jan Welters Inlay Photography
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of those rare finds......

    Just happened upon this gem while surfing around checking out music. I wasn't sure what I was getting, even though listening to the samples. This collection has got some of the most unusal combinations of sounds and beautifully sung words, both in French and English right out of the 60's. I guess if you like the textures of say a Jane Siberry, a dash of Julie Cruise and that French, chills & all works so well together. The songs are all different and mesmerising to say the least. I had heard some of the song "La forme et le lond" originally, this is the one that peaked my interest but from start to finish some fresh out of the ordinary music.

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