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Putumayo Presents: Paris
     

Putumayo Presents: Paris

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Following the successful French Café compilation, Putumayo here updates the French sound, but in a tricky way. The sound on this album is again chanson, the music of the French café culture. Now though, it's the core of la nouvelle scène instead: younger, more world-influenced artists performing chanson with their own touches and flair. The sound is an

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Following the successful French Café compilation, Putumayo here updates the French sound, but in a tricky way. The sound on this album is again chanson, the music of the French café culture. Now though, it's the core of la nouvelle scène instead: younger, more world-influenced artists performing chanson with their own touches and flair. The sound is an excellent one. While many of the males evoke Serge Gainsbourg and the females Edith Piaf to some degree, there's a contemporary feel. The samba is more prominent, with lilting acoustic guitars and the occasional homage to Astrud Gilberto. The sounds -- once epitomized by Georges Brassens -- are given a less folk-inspired feel in favor of a more urban one, but the emotions are similar. There's weariness, heartbreak, longing, and occasionally outright madness inherent in the lyrics and the emotive qualities of the vocals. While chanson is perhaps one of the best examples of a dated music (if one hears chanson, it's obviously in a period format, on a scratchy record, etc.), this compilation shows off what's new. While entirely deferential (and referential) to the old masters, there's just enough updating to create that contemporary aspect, but not so much as to destroy the simple pleasure of French café music. An excellent introduction to the field of French music at large, but especially chanson.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/18/2006
Label:
Putumayo World Music
UPC:
0790248024929
catalogNumber:
249
Rank:
3061

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Technical Credits

Jorge Maldonado   translation
Dan Storper   Executive Producer,Song Selection
Nicola Heindl   Illustrations,Cover Art
Thomas Fersen   Composer
Paris Combo   Composer
Jacob Edgar   Liner Notes
Benjamin Biolay   Composer
Keren Ann   Composer
Belle du Berry   Composer
Carla Bruni   Composer
Julien Massardier   translation
Aldebert   Composer
Pascal Parisot   Composer
Myrtille   Composer
Christophe Mali   Composer
Amélie-Les-Crayons   Composer
Thibaud Defever   Composer
Vanessa Gillet   Composer
Fred Rollat   Composer

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Putumayo Presents: Paris 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For what this album intends, it is terrific. I wanted to find an album with a light mix of traditional and modern - but not dance, club or top 40 type of - music, and this compilation was great. If you're getting ready for a trip to Paris or another region of France, this music will put you in the mood. The only thing missing is Edith Pilaf, whom Americans have just become passionate about due to the release of La Vie en Rose last year.