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Nolita
     

Nolita

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by Keren Ann
 

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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

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/21/2004
Label:
Emi Import
UPC:
0724387564206
catalogNumber:
875642

Tracks

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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Nolita 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago