L' Embellie

L' Embellie

by Calogero


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L' Embellie

Calogero collaborated with some of France's finest pop
ock songwriters for his fifth album, L'Embellie. While he had done this on his breakthrough album, Calogero (2002), and its chart-topping follow-up, 3 (2004), neither of those albums included a cast of songwriters as luminous as this album's, namely Dominique A, Jean-Jacques Goldman, Grand Corps Malade, Pierre Lapointe, Marc Lavoine, Dick Annegarn, Kent, and Calogero's brother and longtime collaborator, Gioacchino Maurici. The choice to work with an assortment of songwriters is a significant difference between L'Embellie and Calogero's previous album, Pomme C (2007), which was written entirely by Zazie. The broad range of lyrical material showcased throughout L'Embellie makes it an entertaining listen from beginning to end. Many of the songs are emotionally moving (for instance, "C'Est Dit," a song about the value of friendship) and at times melancholic and amusing (for instance, "La Bourgeoisie des Sensations," about a man who can't stand for his woman's affair with another woman). Calogero also penned lyrics himself for the standout song "Je Me Suis Trompé." L'Embellie is impressive not only in terms of lyrics but also vocals and musical arrangements. Calogero, more than anything, is a remarkable vocalist. As emotional as some of these songs are from a lyrical standpoint, it's Calogero's impassioned delivery that makes them moving, and he similarly has a gift for melody, finding it in each of these songs despite not having written them himself. The musical arrangements on L'Embellie differ somewhat from past efforts in that they're heavy on string arrangements and acoustic instruments (piano as well as strings). Electric guitar cuts through the arrangements from time to time such as on the chorus of "L'Ombre et la Lumière," but the instrument is used more sparingly than in the past, likewise the fuzztone bass riff that drives "Je Me Suis Trompé." Moreover, the urban styles showcased in the past on songs such as the 2004 smash hit "Face à la Mer," Calogero's collaboration with rapper Passi, are noticeably absent. Right away, the album-opening song "La Fin de la Fin du Monde," sets the tone of the album stylistically, with Calogero's vocals soaring amid swirling string arrangements while acoustic piano and marching-band drums pound away rhythmically beneath. Following this dramatic album opening, L'Embellie unveils a few of its biggest highlights, each of them aforementioned: the lead single "C'Est Dit"; "L'Ombre et la Lumière," a duet with Grand Corps Malade; and "Je Me Suis Trompé." The proceedings slow down a bit later on as songs like "Tu Es Fait Pour Voler" play up the orchestral aspects of the album, though thankfully a couple dynamic rockers ("Passage des Cyclones," "L'Embellie") pop up now and then to give the listener a jolt and conclude L'Embellie on a lively note.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/28/2009
Label: Mercury Import
UPC: 0600753172032
catalogNumber: 5317203
Rank: 296159

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Calogero   Primary Artist
Marc Chantereau   Timbales
Freddy Koella   Mandoline
Magnus Persson   Drums,Glockenspiel
Daniel Zimmerman   Trombone
Pierre Jaconelli   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Mandoline,Basse
Michel Ayme   Acoustic Guitar
Jean Michel Tavernier   Cor anglais
Rémi Sciuto   Saxophone
Christophe Dubois   Percussion,Drums,Grosse Caisse
Eric Lopez   Musical Direction
Philippe Uminski   Acoustic Guitar,Choeurs
Christophe Guillot   Violone
Daniel Vagner   Alto

Technical Credits

Erwin Autrique   Engineer
Christophe Briquet   Contributor
Jean-Jacques Goldman   Composer
David Whitaker   String Arrangements
Marc Lavoine   Composer
Roland Guillotel   Engineer
Didier Havet   Contributor
Olivier Schulteis   Director,String Arrangements
Dick Annegarn   Composer
Dominique A   Composer
Calogero   Composer
Christophe Dubois   Engineer
Olivier Marly   Composer
Stanislas Renoult   Arranger,Director
Pierre Lapointe   Composer
Grand Corps Malade   Composer
Philippe Uminski   String Arrangements
Gioacchino Maurici   Composer

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