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La Superbe Double CD

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  • Audio CD (2 Nov. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Naive Sa*****
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 140,851 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. La Superbe
2. 15 août
3. Padam
4. Miss Catastrophe
5. Ton héritage
6. Si tu suis mon regard
7. Night Shop
8. Tu es mon amour
9. Sans viser personne
10. La toxicomanie
See all 11 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. L espoir fait vivre
2. Prenons le large
3. Tout ça me tourmente
4. Assez parlé de moi
5. Buenos Aires
6. Raté
7. Lyon Presqu île
8. Mélancolique
9. Reviens mon amour
10. Jaloux de tout
See all 11 tracks on this disc

Product Description

A Serge Gainsbourg-like talent, 'La Superbe' proves Benjamin Biolay's ability to compose classy French pop music whilst retaining his cool reputation - now in the same league as fellow nationals Air, Daft Punk and Phoenix. Tracks: CD1. La Superbe / août / Padam / Miss Catastrophe / Ton héritage / Si tu suis mon regard / Night Shop / Tu es mon amour / Sans viser personne / La toxicomanie / Brandt Rhapsodie CD2. L’espoir fait vivre / Prenons le large / Tout ça me tourmente / Assez parlé de moi / Buenos Aires / Raté / Lyon Presqu’île / Mélancolique / Reviens mon amour / Jaloux de tout / 15 septembre ALSO AVAILABLE 3 LP edition (NV818661) - £13.99

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By Pedro on 9 May 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Having only seen Mr. Biolay's "Padam" video on Youtube prior to buying this album, I fell in love with the sound (the video is definitely worth watching) and decided to give it a go.
It was one of the best choices I could have possibly done, since the whole album is highly engaging, very well written and contains true gems - the above mentioned "Padam" as well as the title song "La Superbe".
And to top it all Mr. Biolay's warm, seductive XXIst century crooner's voice, takes you to dreamland before you know what's happening.
French pop (not the cheap kind) at its best!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Melancolique : Mais C'est Pas "Rose Kennedy" 3 Dec. 2009
By Marc Cabir Davis - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Benjamin Biolay's impressive work as an independent singer-songwriter continues on his supposed magnum opus "La Superbe", released on October 19, 2009. This isn't quite a classic as either "Negatif" or "Rose Kennedy", in my opinion, but its still quite an achievement, especially since his last two albums "Trash Yeye" and "A La O'rigine" weren't quite up to par.

I maintain that Biolay's best work came on "Negatif", a double CD from a few years ago that contains his best work thus far. What he excelled at - spoken word singing, lounge atmospheres, and interesting song samples (including Marilyn Monroe, if some of you will remember) has been changed around a little bit here in favor of more variety - in the sense that there are elements of jazz, funk, reggae, electronica, and ballroom present in spades on this recording. This isn't essentially a bad thing, but I did find the production to be a couple notches less than on "Rose Kennedy", which is unacceptable coming so long into his career.

Guest stars, including the irrepressible Jeanne Cherhal (on loan from Tot ou Tard), and even Valerie Donzelli, make this an affair to remember. Biolay also sounds much like Vincent Delerm on this recording, in the aspect of nostalgia and rememberance (which remains Delerm's forte as witnessed on his latest "Quinze Chansons").

But its all a bit much to take in. On "Negatif" (another sprawling double disc that remains one of the best French albums in existence, literally), the album flowed effortlessly with every song working as a seamless transition into the other. However, on "La Superbe", the fact that every song sounds so markedly different in terms of genre and substance, makes for a very disjointed listening experience, where everything seems far less coherent (yet compelling nonetheless). When Biolay slows things down for a throwback to what he used to do best, such as on "Tu es mon amour", we realize just what he is capable of. But the standout remains the swirling, heady "15 Aout", which has a great string section that should be heard to be believed.

Benjamin Biolay isn't quite big yet even in his native France, and this is because he is often considered a poor mans' Serge Gainsbourg. Granted, his deep vocal delivery, smoke-tinged spoken word attempts at singing, and morose lyricism are all very Gainsbourg, but at least Biolay is more musically experimental than Serge ever was - at least his producers offer him more variety to sample and use in his recordings. Which is a good thing. But "La Superbe" will not appeal to anyone who does not know anything beyond the typical French radio staples, as it belongs to an underground, undefinable genre that will forever remain at least mostly obscure.

Four Stars.

Disque 1:

La superbe (choeurs : Gesa Hansen)
15 août (lettre lue par Valérie Donzelli)
Miss Catastrophe
Ton héritage
Si tu suis mon regard
Night Shop
Tu es mon amour
Sans viser personne (Benjamin Biolay / Benjamin Biolay - Pierre Jaconelli)
La toxicomanie
Brandt Rhapsodie (Benjamin Biolay - Jeanne Cherhal / Benjamin Biolay en duo avec Jeanne Cherhal)

Disque 2:

L'espoir fait vivre
Prenons le large
Tout ça me tourmente (voix : Jeanne Cherhal)
Assez parlé de moi
Buenos Aires (voix : Frederico Schindler)
Lyon presqu'île (voix : Alka)
Reviens mon amour
Jaloux de tout
15 septembre
Les grands ensembles (titre bonus présent dans l'édition limitée)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Successful composer and singer 23 Jan. 2013
By Rigor - Published on
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Very interesting compositions and impressive voice. Would recommend this and similar CDs to those who appreciates French music in style of "Paris After Dark"
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