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Gourmandises Import


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  • Audio CD (14 April 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Import Music Services
  • ASIN: B00005RW3S
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 94,040 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Moi.....Lolita
2. Lui Ou Toi
3. L'Alize
4. J.B.G.
5. Mon Maquis
6. Parler Tout Bas
7. Veni Vedi Vici
8. Abracadabra
9. Gourmandises
10. A Quoi Reve Une Jeune Fille

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Gourmandises the French word for sweets (or candies) is the appropriate title of French pop princess Alizée's debut album. Like an aniseed ball, the mix of pop tunes and ballads are pleasant and consistent throughout, but at the same time never too adventurous. The French lyrics may sour the album for some but the catchy tunes and lyrics (even though they may mean little to your average Anglophile) highlight the universal language of pop.

Following the global smash "Moi…Lolita", are two similarly sounding tunes "Lui ou Toi" and "L'Alizé" which once again showcase Alizée's mature and breathy vocals. Other tracks are also equally sweet and familiar, with the opening to "Mon Maquis" sounding remarkably like T'Pau's "Heart and Soul". The highlight of the album has to be the addictive but slightly corny "JBG"--James Bond Girl. Alleged focused around Alizée's own life experiences, all of the tracks have been written and produced by top French duo Mylène Farmer and Laurent Boutonnat. Très bon! --John Galilee

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Peter Cooper VINE VOICE on 16 Feb 2002
Format: Audio CD
In early 2001, I heard a lot of people saying Alizée is "France's answer to Britney Spears". A cliché statement, perhaps, but 2001 has been a banner year for Alizée. Not only has she triumphed over the French charts, but the German, Dutch, Russian and Japanese ones too.
2002 looks to be even better for the pretty French 'chanteuse', with Alizée attacking the UK charts in February, and possibly the US after that. This album may be a year old, but it's as impressive as ever.. and it's release in the UK now is well timed.
Being able to appreciate, or understand, French isn't a prerequisite for this album. Even if you've been studying French for a while, you'll find many of the lyrics rather cryptical. You'll enjoy a lot of wordplay and puns, especially in 'Moi Lolita'. Some English even creeps into the album on tracks such as 'J.B.G.' (James Bond Girl).
As with many French albums, there are a few incidents where the lyrics are too direct and blunt. 'Je sais que cette hymen durera longtemps' (I know that this hymen will last a long time), for example.
When you first put this CD on, you might be surprised by how deep her voice is. Don't worry, Alizée is simply demonstrating her impressive vocal range, and she leaps between sultry lows and dizzy highs throughout the album.
Unlike many pop albums, this album has a very interesting sound overall. Some songs are dark, some are very much 'pop', yet all have the 'traditional' broody creepy French mood in them. Yes, this is a pop album full of minor chords..
So, in 2002 as in 2000 and 2001.. still an excellent effort all round! Alizée, and this CD, is an excellent package most people are sure to enjoy.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By simon.silvie@tesco.net on 13 Mar 2002
Format: Audio CD
Hooked by the breath of fresh air that was Moi Lolita, I was amazed at arrangement and delivery of the rest of the Farmer and Boutonnat songs. Lui ou toi and Gourmnadises, Parler tout bas and A quoi reve une jeune fille are my favourites, but there isn't really bad track on the album.
Gourmandises really is a refreshing change from the wall to wall Anglo-American pop and I can't really see the language being an barrier. It manages to squeeze more emotion than usual into the pop package and I will be disapointed if we don't hear more of Alizee in the UK CHarts.
I will look out for more output from Alizee, hunt down other songs by Farmer and Boutonnat and dust off my MC Solar CDs!
One of the best pop CDs I have heard in a long time
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 3 Mar 2002
Format: Audio CD
I love the French language, and I speak it, so when I heard "Moi...Lolita" I was curious to hear the rest of "Gourmandises". Some of the songs are kind of childish- for example "Mon Maquis"- it's about a bedroom as a hiding place. Songs like "Lui ou Toi" are kind of meaningless pop, but apart from those two, it's a cool album. Alizee has a great voice, and songs such as "Veni Vedi Vici" and "Gourmandises" just stick in your head.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By N. Poingdestre on 6 May 2002
Format: Audio CD
Alizee is the protege (yes that's a french word!) of Mylene Farmer & her music writing partner Laurent Boutonnat. This album has been in the french racks for over two years and is still selling well as it is such a bouncy collection of hummable tunes & catchy hooks. You quickly tire of 'Moi...Lolita', with it's too obvious melody and move on to the unfamiliar tracks, all of which are as fresh as a bunch of daisies. In France the buying public got to hear three other great singles and so had more opportunity to decide whether or not to buy the album. I guess Alizee will have just the one hit in the UK which is such a shame, as there is a lot of mileage in the album. There are a couple of dodgy tracks (Mon Maquis, which is too long and Abracadabra, which has a peculiar miaowing cat backing 'vocal') but they help by giving the album a bit of depth and variety. The other songs are lightweight, almost disposable, pop-songs but have unmissable melodies. The production is flawless. If you like Alizee, check out Mylene Farmer - she is a french pop-icon & deservedly so.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Martin on 27 Feb 2002
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I am sure like many people I was first introduced to Alizee when I heard Moi...Lolita, which is a great song but in my opinion is not the best song on the album by far. There is such a great range of songs on this album from Gourmandises which sounds like it's another surefire hit and very catchy, Lui Ou Toi which is a very dark husky tune and Parler tout bas which is a very quiet and slow tune (which is in keeping with the song title!)
I was amazed by Alizee's voice and range of vocals when I heard Moi...Lolita but it's only when you listen to the whole album do you realise just how impressive her voice really is, no songs sound the same & the fact the album is in French doesn't deter me at all it is just such a great album.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Feb 2002
Format: Audio CD
J'ai attendu le CD d'Alizée avec impatience, et maintenent c'est ici!
and I think it's brilliant! I have a diverse taste in music, and I like nothing better than to listen to music in other languages (usually enrique iglesias and rammstein) and now I've got some really good french stuff to go at. Cheers Alizée, I recommend your album 2 everyone who likes a good pop tune! (and let's face it, who doesn't?!)
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