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Salle des Pas Perdus [Japan Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Kim Reick Kunoff
Salle des Pas Perdus is a soundtrack for a film that doesn't exist, but if it did, Coralie Clément says that the movie could be Jean-Luc Godard's 1959 A Bout de Souffle. And just as in the movie, Clément's debut record deftly moves between high art and pop culture, from classical arrangements to lushly orchestrated pop to bossa nova, all the while making winks toward '60s French pop. Coralie, in fact, sounds like a young Jane Birkin, and even the cover photo on the CD -- a timeless, stunningly beautiful, and melancholy Clément shot on a Paris street through a red filter -- evokes the artwork on records of such French chanteuses as Françoise Hardy. This album is the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Kim Reick Kunoff
Salle des Pas Perdus is a soundtrack for a film that doesn't exist, but if it did, Coralie Clément says that the movie could be Jean-Luc Godard's 1959 A Bout de Souffle. And just as in the movie, Clément's debut record deftly moves between high art and pop culture, from classical arrangements to lushly orchestrated pop to bossa nova, all the while making winks toward '60s French pop. Coralie, in fact, sounds like a young Jane Birkin, and even the cover photo on the CD -- a timeless, stunningly beautiful, and melancholy Clément shot on a Paris street through a red filter -- evokes the artwork on records of such French chanteuses as Françoise Hardy. This album is the result of a collaborative effort that recalls the Serge Gainsbourg/Jane Birkin relationship: Each of the album's tunes was written and arranged by noted composer/writer/performer Benjamin Biolay, Coralie's brother. His themes range from the illusory nature of love "La Mer Opale," a wistful love song about the moon and the sea, Biolay's trumpet accompanying his sister's almost-whispered vocals as waves wash in the background; theatrical, maybe even kitschy, but utterly lovely, samba "Samba de Mon Coeur Qui Bat," a swank, loungy bossa nova that echoes Astrud Gilberto, and lighthearted debauchery "Le Jazz et le Gin". It is somehow all cohesive, each of the songs a self-contained vignette that pieces together the larger theme of the album. Fans of '60s French pop will feel that they've unearthed a buried jewel in this record. [This Japanese release appended two bonus tracks: "Mes Fenêtres Donnent Sur la Coeur" and a remix of "L'Ombre et la Lumière."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/25/2002
  • Label: Japanese Import
  • UPC: 766488763829
  • Catalog Number: 66012

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Coralie Clément Primary Artist
Christophe Briquet Alto
Bertrand Cervera Violone
Frederic Kret Cello
Laurent Vernerey Contrabass (Vocal), Basse
Laurent Manganas Hammond Organ
Denis Benarrosch Percussion, Drums
Masayuki Kumahara Keyboards
Benjamin Biolay Guitar, Piano, Trombone, Trumpet, Hammond Organ, fender rhodes, Choeurs, Basse
Ghislaine Benabdallah Violone
David Maurin Drums
Christophe Morin Cello
Kunikazu "Naizouou" Tanaka Saxophone
Dieter Limbourg Tenor Saxophone
Technical Credits
Erwin Autrique Engineer
Steve Forward Engineer
Alex Gopher Mastering
Tomoyuki Tanaka Producer, Remixing
Masayuki Kumahara Programming
Benjamin Biolay Arranger, Producer
Bruno Dejarnac Engineer
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