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Le Fil [2CD Set] Content/Copy-Protected CD, Limited Edition


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  • Audio CD (24 April 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Content/Copy-Protected CD, Limited Edition
  • Label: EMI France
  • ASIN: B000BS6Y6A
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  DVD Audio  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 390,984 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The second album from avant-garde French vocalist Camille is a melting pot of interesting arrangements and unusual sounds.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Amplified Man on 15 May 2006
Format: Audio CD
To point out to another reviewer the "annoying undertone" throughout the record is actually the concept of the entire thing. 'Le Fil' is roughly translated as 'The Thread' hence the line that appears thoughout the packaging. The Thread is a perpetual vocal hum that lasts the entirity of the record. It has a strange effect becasue you end up hearing it even when the album has finished!

Camille sings 98% of the record in her native French and it (if you don't speak it) gives an ethereal mystical quality to it. The saturation of melody in this album more than makes up for the fact that you cannot understand the lyrics.

It's majority is constructed entirely of vocals, a similar concept to Bjork's Medulla album. Camille makes a plethora of noises, ululations and percussive sounds to augment her lyrics and the occasional bass guitar. Theres a goreous bit where she hits a note which gets blended into the same note by a saxophone and the effect is superb.

A fantastic album, varied, innovtive, even catchy. I find myself singing along without knowing what the hell I'm on about! I would say it's an aquired taste but it's worth checking out.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 April 2005
Format: Audio CD
BONJOUR!
I recently went to Paris for a weekend, and discovered this CD. It's the second solo album by French singer songwritr Camille who also performed with Nouvelle Vague (an album of bossa nova covers of new wave songs) and I think she did someting with Etienne de Crecy (a single from Super Discount 2).
Even if you do not understand a word of French, you can't miss the musical genius of this album. It has to be one of the most original and striking CDs released in years, mainly because of two fascinating features;
1) LE FIL (The Line or The Thread) which seems to represent the single long held note that runs the entire length of the CD, even after the 15 songs have finished! I think in Indian music it's called a drone.
2) The arrangements using 'human beatbox' (that's what the credits say) and lots of quirky vocal effects and harmonies all done by Camille it seems. It's light but funky, and you don't actually miss traditional instruments.
The songs themselves are very catchy and sometimes beautiful and haunting. I don't understand all the lyrics (GCSE French only!) but I don't feel like I'm missing out on anything.
I found her the official site [...] - if you need more proof that this is a masterpiece. I suspect that we'll all be hearing a lot more from Camille in the future. I hope she releases some stuff in English at some point.
In the meantime, buy this album and you will not be disappointed. In France it's a phenomenon!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Yella Custard on 5 April 2006
Format: Audio CD
Don't underestimate this record. There are moments of whimsy, eccentricity and frivolity, but closer listening reveals reams of talent on behalf of Camille, and beauty, intricacy and undeniable craftsmanship from her music. The lighter moments are there because she chooses it, not because that is all she has. It soon becomes evident that she's a smart and even witty performer. There's an engaging, laconic, dry manner in which delivers a great deal of her lyrics, which only serves to make the moments of intensity that much more compelling. Her voice is capable of expression that most other artists simply are not, and she uses it to great effect. The basenote refered to by another reviewer, is most deliberate. She uses it to connect the songs, and give the album a core, from which she weaves in and out of a range of styles and emotions, with barely anything more than her voice. One of the most charismatic artists, you've never heard of.
Essential Tracks
Ta Douler
Quand Je Marche
Senza
Au Port
Rue De Menilmontant
Baby Carni Bird
Vous
Vertige
Who am I kidding, just listen to the whole album, it's worth it. Camille is one of the handfull of artists, even the most savvy of my music friends don't know about, and all of them have fallen head over heels for her, and her music.
Surprise yourself, and buy a record by an artist you don't know, in a language you probably don't speak, and fall in love with it anyway.
Five Stars
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 8 Aug 2006
Format: Audio CD
An absolute joy of an album. Listened to it 3 times back to back and could listen several times more. Her clever use of sounds, vocal percussion and multiple overlays of voice together with good use of themes and excellent production makes this my absolute favorite album of the year.

Withdraw one start because copy protected wma files mean that I can't play this on my mp3 player - my primary way of listening to music. What a disappointment.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Winmill on 31 May 2006
Format: Audio CD
I was in a book shop when I heard this album. Like the previous reviewer I HAD to buy it and now can't stop listening to it, over and over again. There is timeless and dreamy quality to the sound which is produced with very little other than the human voice. Listen carefully to be amazed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Snazell on 6 July 2006
Format: Audio CD
There's no 'CD Audio' label in sight and as the back of the packaging indicates, 'playability on all devices is not guaranteed'.

If you're using Windows & want to rip the album for your iPod, you're out of luck, it's WMA or nothing. Which is a great pity since it's a cracking album!
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