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L'amour fou

5 Nov. 2012 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 5 Nov. 2012
  • Release Date: 5 Nov. 2012
  • Label: Parlophone France
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  • Total Length: 36:48
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  • ASIN: B009SI77R4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,969 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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With the aid of a good French-English dictionary, I managed to make sense of all the songs except one not written by Hardy, Normandia, which flummoxed me:
‘the salty water of the shore reddens the ocean…’ (Really?) ‘Spring pours the bitter language taught to girls at school, where one loves, marches or dies...’ (Eh? Isn’t march or die the motto of the French Foreign Legion?) ‘Oh weep, my foolish heart, I write to you with the grass and the wind…’ (Ok, I give up)
After concluding that my French simply wasn’t up to it, I was reassured to come across a French critic who found the lyrics of Normandia ‘ambiguous’ and ‘obscure’. Phew! Maybe I’m not so thick after all.
I liked the other songs a lot. They are clever and inventive and more varied melodically than her previous album La Pluie sans Parapluie. All in all, it’s an intriguing album, sung beautifully throughout by Hardy, whose voice at 68 is still sultry and beguiling, while the anguish of unrequited love that pervades many of the songs is tempered with dark humour and gentle self-mockery. It’s interesting to compare this mature album with Ma jeunesse fout le camp, where the 23-year-old (!!) Hardy lamented her lost youth.
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Francoise Hardy's music has pretty much been a soundtrack to my life over the last thirty five years and each album has, in the majority of cases rewarded repeated listening. none more so than this one. Her voice sounds pitch perfect, you can imagine her performing this album in a Parisian nightspot - the musicianship is superb and the choice of songs and arrangements excellent. There are so many quality tracks that it would be churlish to pick one out as being exceptional, that said 'Pourquoi Vous?' is simply beautiful.
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Although miss Hardy is getting more fragile, physically spoken, her music has come to a top with l'Amour fou. Yes, the songs are rather sad but there's always some hope that eventually things will get better, as she promises in 'Rendez-vous dans une autre vie'.
What I don't understand is the price: 21 pounds (= 25 euro), while the price in France and the rest of Europe is 12 euro (or less). Can Amazon.uk please explain that difference?

Update: the price for the UK is down to 14 pounds (hurray!), but it's still much too high. On the continent you pay 12 euro's (or less), in the UK 17 euro's. Strange.
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This may well become the last album we will ever hear from Francoise Hardy. It has all of her innate lyricism and deceptive simplicity. Just that it's weightier, wordier and more musically complex. Her music as a whole could be described as ethereal, but she was always more substantial than that word conveys - and that point is established clearly here. Worldly, resigned, the personal as philosophical, full of musings about life and relationships, spoken as much as sung. In the songs, Francoise Hardy expresses universal sentiments in a most intimate, personal voice. I have no idea of her standing in France. I know in Britain people seem to think she disappeared some time around 1968. I think she got better and better. And this album is a mature statement of her trademark cool, quiet melancholy - and a lot more substantial than "simple" and "ethereal."
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After 50 years Francoise Hardy is still producing albums that are a joy to listen to. Not many artists today are producing albums that compare favourably to those they released in the 60's.
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