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Not Going Anywhere
     

Not Going Anywhere

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by Keren Ann
 

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A noted tunesmith and performer in France, Keren Ann makes her English-language debut with Not Going Anywhere, which balances crisp acoustic pop with tasteful arrangements that suggest French icons Serge Gainsbourg and Françoise Hardy. Her breathy voice is small, but her whispers carry resonance

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A noted tunesmith and performer in France, Keren Ann makes her English-language debut with Not Going Anywhere, which balances crisp acoustic pop with tasteful arrangements that suggest French icons Serge Gainsbourg and Françoise Hardy. Her breathy voice is small, but her whispers carry resonance, riding the crest of lyrics rife with emotional turbulence. The Israeli-born singer-songwriter (neé Keren Ann Zeidel) evokes the unstudied charm of Astrud Gilberto on songs such as "Seventeen" and the billowy "Spanish Song Bird." She makes the most of her limited range with tantalizing arrangements, which range from the spare "Sit in the Sun" -- a lament for a love cut short, delivered in a quavering voice, the lapping sounds of the tide acting as both rhythm section and lulling balm -- to the more ambitious "Sailor & Widow," which suggests Suzanne Vega with a plainspoken vocal, buzzing electric guitar bits, and an insistent rhythm. Keren Ann's voice and production may appeal to an older audience, even as some songs speak of youthful themes, such as the agony of young love on the winsome "Seventeen" and the intensity of a first physical encounter on "Right Now & Right Here," which escalates as its arrangement builds to incorporate strings, woodwinds, harpsichord, and a towering female chorus. Whether recalling the melancholy folk of Nick Drake on the lovely title cut or flexing a bit of jazz muscle on the slithering "Road Bin," Keren Ann has introduced herself to a new audience in fine, haunting style.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Tim DiGravina
Not Going Anywhere sees Keren Ann Zeidel operating in the same hushed tones as her previous albums and once again collaborating with Benjamin Biolay. While Zeidel has been compared to Dido and Portishead in the past, few would make similar comparisons this time around as trip-hop vibes really appear only on the playful "Sailor & Widow." Otherwise, the pace is held steady around 20 BPM and more frequently there are no beats at all. Instead, Zeidel frolics in a whispery, moody genre that might be appropriately labeled neo-folk, late-night lullaby. On the somewhat unsettling songs "End of May" and "Right Now & Right Here," Zeidel's voice is a dead-ringer for Lisa Germano, and since the music mostly consists of quietly strummed acoustic guitars, pianos, and violins, the music seems equally Germano-esque. On these songs, one can't help but note similarities to Mary Timony's dark lullabies as well. But where Germano and Timony traverse in adult themes, Zeidel and Biolay's songs would be a perfect fit for a toddler's nursery rhyme album. A very hip toddler's nursery rhyme album, that is. Elsewhere, a number of other influences are apparent, from the Belle & Sebastian-flavored title track to a series of tunes near the album's close that seem touched by the hands of Van Dyke Parks or Rufus Wainwright. Lush, minimal, and always gentle, Not Going Anywhere reaffirms Zeidel's gorgeous voice and should be a soundtrack for the hippest coffeehouses around the globe.
New York Times - Jon Pareles
In her neatly balanced songs, with a voice at once open and enigmatic, Keren Ann is poised... to linger and haunt her listeners.
Entertainment Weekly - Kristina Feliciano
Laced with gorgeous string arrangements, it's truly an album to be savored by the light of a pink moon. (B+)

Product Details

Release Date:
09/05/2005
Label:
Emi International
UPC:
0094633971301
catalogNumber:
3397130

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Keren Ann   Primary Artist,Guitar,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals
Christophe Briquet   Strings
Karen Brunon   Strings,Violin,Background Vocals
Laurent Vernerey   Bass,Piano,Bass Guitar
Yannick Fonderie   Keyboards
Denis Benarrosch   Drums
Cyrille Lacrouts   Strings
Alex Van Aken   Wind
Eric Lacrouts   Strings
Benjamin Biolay   Guitar,Piano,Trumpet,Keyboards
Floriane Bonani   Strings
David Maurin   Drums
Christophe Morin   Strings
Eric Sauviat   Guitar,Soloist
Bernard Viguie   Ukulele
Geert Baeckelandt   Wind
Wamblientjes   Choir, Chorus
Estelle Villotte   Strings
Vervliet   Wind
Peter Verhoyen   Wind
Wim VanVolsen   Wind
Majolijn Van Mechelen   Wind
Fabien Boudot   Strings
Nicolas Giraud   Trumpet
Isabelle Mathyssens   Harp
Bart Jonkers   Wind
Bardi Johannsson   Guitar,Harmonica,Percussion,Background Vocals
Johan Moeyersons   Wind
Elisabeth Schollacrt   Wind
Johan Van Neste   Wind
Yannic Fonderie   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Erwin Autrique   Engineer
Yannick Fonderie   Programming
Laurent Manganas   Director,Direction,Wind Arrangements
Antoine   Artwork
Benjamin Biolay   Composer,Programming,Producer,String Arrangements,Direction,Audio Production
Keren Ann   Programming,Producer,Engineer,Writer,Instrumentation
Bruno Dejarnac   Engineer
Jean Lamoot   Programming,Engineer
Bardi Johannsson   Composer,Programming,Engineer
Laurent Mangenas   Director,Direction,Wind Arrangements

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Not Going Anywhere 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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