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Ilo Veyou

30 Jul 2012

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 17 Oct 2011
  • Release Date: 17 Oct 2011
  • Label: Parlophone France
  • Copyright: 2011 Parlophone Music France
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  • Total Length: 41:46
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  • ASIN: B008LUO1CO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,491 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Graeme Smith on 16 Dec 2011
Format: Audio CD
She's a bit of a superstar in her own country, but over here in the UK the French avant-garde singer Camille Dalmais is still something of an unknown quantity. This, her fourth album, is unlikely to change that since she's unlikely to get much radio play on these shores - although she has had some exposure from Jools Holland, so who knows - and that's a shame, because she is rather wonderful.
Ilo Veyou (the title is actually in English - look at it again) is, like her previous release Music Hole, a mix of the odd, the mischievous, and the beautiful. Her amazingly flexible voice leaps across the octaves (the title track is sung in two different registers, at the same time - you need to hear it to understand what I mean) and across musical styles, incorporating elements of blues/soul belting (My Man is Married), balladry (Wet Boy), and even chanson (La France) mixed with her signature odd instrumentation and beatboxing.
This edition comes with a DVD containing an hour of film illustrating songs from the album. It's quirky, funny, pretentious and well worth the extra cash just to see her in action.
In turns silly, strange, challenging and beautiful, Ilo Veyou is well worth the effort.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By R. Douglas on 27 Oct 2011
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One of the many great things about Camille is that each album is different. After the exuberance and full sound of Music Hole, Ilo Veyou is a stripped back album, with Camille sometimes singing with no accompaniment, otherwise with a violin, cello and guitar. It is her most emotional album, but typically it retains humour (as in La France) and naughtiness (as in My man is married but not to me). Some songs are sung in English, others in French. You quickly surmise she has had a baby and she sings so movingly about the experience but with a welcome 'oddness' and novelty of perspective. Some of the time, it is like she is singing in a church, with wonderful echoing acoustics and then you look to see that she actually recorded some of the songs in churches around France. But she does not leave behind her love of rythym (as in Allez, Allez). She continues to experiment with her beautifully clear and versatile voice. I love it and recommend it unreservedly.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By The Wolf TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Oct 2011
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Camille's 2008 album 'Music Hole' was my introduction to her work and
I loved it to bits. 'Ilo Veyou' continues her journey into a distinctive
musical world where the possibilities inherent in the human voice are
boundless. That she approaches her art with an utter lack of pretence
is wholly laudable and convincing. This collection of fifteen delightful
songs is reductive in approach, paring back any sense of excess and
delivering something which sounds as fresh as it is enervating. There is
an intimacy in the arrangements which invites us in like old friends to listen.

Singing in both French and English Camille has a truly lovely delivery;
it is a voice which savours every note and every word; a voice which delights
in its own flexibility and capacity to express a wide range of emotions.

The reliance on acoustic instruments gives the music a light and fresh
sense of immediacy but gravitas becomes her too. The haunting song 'She
Was' unfolds against a gently paced guitar and violin obbligato, slowly
gaining in intensity until its full power is released in the final bars.
'Wet Boy', on the other hand, is a simply beautiful folksy melody which
needs no decoration to make its mark. It floats like a leaf on the wind.
The traditional French musical roots of 'Le Berger' delivers yet another of
the project's highlights. A song which would not have sounded out of place as
the entertainment at a Medieval banquet. Wistful and moving in equal measure.
The tiny 'Message' is an utterly charming play-school bon bon and 'La France',
with its waltz-time tongue-in-cheek nationalistic fervour, is hilarious!
The unaccompanied final track 'Tout Dit' employs percussive vocal effects
to accompany the central melody. A cunning and breathtaking conclusion!

It's all about the voice and what a captivating voice it is.

Highly Recommended.
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