by April March


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April March's second full-length solo album, "Triggers," is an improvement over her first, which was a bit unfocused at times. This is a laser sharp recording guided by the firm and wildly talented hand of French producer Bertrand Burgalat. Together, he and March have created a wonderful, modern interpretation of the French pop sounds of the '60s. In fact, other than in the case of some of Serge Gainsbourg productions and the odd Françoise Hardy single, they have topped the sounds that inspired them here. Burgalat uses standard rock instruments plus a wealth of strings and funky old analogue synths to create a variety of moods for March to work her magic on. They range from the outer space hip-hop of "La Nuit Est Là," hard-rocking garage sounds on "Somewhere up Above," and laid-back, soft rock on "Le Code Rural" to the funky grooves perfect for go-go dancing on "Triggers," spy music on "Coral Bracelet," which has a chorus that shines like the first day of spring, and the glittering "Zero Zero." Every track is like a production textbook dated 2003. Brilliant is the word that springs instantly to mind. People should be beating a path to his studio to beg him to work his magic on their music. Certainly March must be glad she did. Though at times she seems like a role player on her own album, upon repeated spins her charms become readily apparent. She uses her wisp of a voice perfectly whether during breathy spoken word bits or while melting hearts or belting out (in a demure way, of course) those tricky French lyrics. And her visual style is unerringly glamorous and spot-on in recreating the era. Everything about this album just works -- nearly perfectly. It is highly recommended that anyone who is a fan of '60s French pop or great pop made with imagination and style needs to get this record into their collection as quickly as possible.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/23/2003
Label: Play It Again Sam
UPC: 0805551012522
catalogNumber: 25

Album Credits

Performance Credits

April March   Primary Artist
Nicolas Krassik   Violin
Warren Zanes   Guitar
Patrik Bartosch   Guitar,Mandolin
Peter Lindgard   Trumpet
Bertrand Burgalat   Synthesizer,Bass,Piano,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Multi Instruments
Per Sunding   Theremin
Jens Lindgard   Trombone
David Braccini   Violin
Cyril Garac   Violin
Marylene Vinciguerra   Viola
Michael Garçon   Organ,Mini Moog
Hervé Bouétard   Percussion,Drums,Choir, Chorus
Maurits Carlsson   Drums
Nicolas Courret   Drums
Karine Croquenoy   Violin
Peter von Poehl   Guitar,Choir, Chorus
Yasmine Mohammedi   Vocals
Sylvie Pascal   Flute
Aude Peyrol   Bassoon
Hélène Pince   Vocals
Stéphanie Salvi   Guitar,Choir, Chorus
Romain Senac   Violin
Andy Sykora   Drums
Fred Jimenez   Bass,Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Paul Kendall   Engineer
Warren Zanes   Composer
Eggstone   Composer
Bertrand Burgalat   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer
Jack Lahana   Engineer
Stéphanie Poitevin   Engineer
Fred Jimenez   Composer

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