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VOILA [Deluxe Edition]

Belinda Carlisle Audio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (15 Sep 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Deluxe Edition
  • Label: Edsel
  • ASIN: B00JYDGH6K
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,020 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Ma Jeunesse Fout Le Camp
2. Bonnie Et Clyde
3. Avec Le Temps
4. Sous Le Ciel De Paris
5. Des Ronds Dans L'Eau
6. Pourtant Tu M'Aimes
7. Ne Me Quitte Pas
8. La Vie En Rose
9. Contact
10. Merci Chéri
11. Jezebel
12. I Still Love Him
13. La Vie En Rose
14. Bonnie And Clyde
15. If You Go Away

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Product Description

In 2007, after an eight year break, Belinda Carlisle returned with an album of eleven classic French pop songs. Said Belinda: “After discovering and coming to love French music, I decided to record these amazing songs myself, with a playful, contemporary feel”. The songs range from Edith Piaf to Françoise Hardy via Serge Gainsbourg, Jacques Brel and the winning Austrian entry in 1966 Eurovision Song Contest. Produced by John Reynolds, the album features contributions from Brian Eno, Natacha Atlas and Sharon Shannon. The album is now expanded to include four songs in English from the very rare two disc edition, the lyrics, and full annotation about the background of each song.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Voila-Indeed! 7 April 2007
Format:Audio CD
I had been waiting like everyone else for Belinda Carlisle's next solo recording since her last release in 1996, "A Woman and a Man," which has been among her best work. Being in the United States though I had been satisfied with the Go-Go's 2001 release, "God Bless the Go-Go's," and all the bonus materials and live appearances that followed. I had my ear to the ground and knew Belinda was up to something but I also know she works at her own pace so IF a new album was ever going to surface it would be on her terms and not under the gun of the record labels.

The brilliance of this recording is that now it's all about the beauty of music. I have found such humor in the reviews I read from fans who are hung up on the fact the album is in French instead of English. By not having a clue what the words mean it allows the music and harmonies to evoke an entirely new level of emotion. Belinda Carlisle's vocals are now about the instrumentation and not about the meaning.

The stand out's on this recording are fairly obvious. "La Vie En Rose" which follows in a style that Belinda started with 1999's "All God's Children" from her "A Place On Earth" greatest hits collection. "Avec Le Temps" is a gut wrenching painful listen. My heart always just sinks about 2/3 of the way through the song as the mood darkens.

Among my favorite tracks from this recording include "Sous Le Ciel De Paris," which really make me imagine frollicing through the streets of Paris on a sunny spring day. "Contact" for me just rockets me right into the '60's. "Merci Cherie," is just lovely and is the perfect way to say THANK YOU to that special person for the love they bring into your life.

I'm sure you'll agree that music goes far beyond the barriers of language. I for one imagine Belinda getting a grammy nod for this recording. I for one am looking forward to the tour and live performances of these songs!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quelle Surprise! 25 Mar 2007
Format:Audio CD
I'm not sure what was more surprising - Belinda suddenly releasing a new album after 10 years of very little solo song-making, or the fact that when she does, it's all in French! I wasn't convinced she'd pull this one off, especially when tackling some almost-sacred French songs by some of the greats - like Gainsbourg, Piaf and Aznavour - but I've been very pleasantly surprised. OK, the French accent isn't always perfect and the imagery is pretty cliched, but the album's got a great sound, Belinda's voice is strong (and at times pretty sultry), and the arrangements are quite original, making for an interesting listening experience. This is a must for any fan, and most will actually really enjoy it! Welcome back Belinda - can't wait for the tour!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this CD and a 2CV 27 Feb 2007
Format:Audio CD
Just one word to describe this CD- WOW! I was a bit worried at first that Belinda wouldn't be able to pull a French singing CD off, but this is just great. Particular high points have to be "Bonnie Et Clyde", listen to it a few times first then listen to the English version on the bonus UK CD, then listen to it again- it gets cooler the more you hear it. Then "Contact", such a wierd song but the more I hear it, the more I keep wandering around shouting "CONTACT!" at random intervals (or "Kumquat" as my wife insists on singing) and finally "Poutant Tu M'aimes"- this could be a single, it's that catchy. Then to discover the English version on the bonus CD, that really is a bonus. The highpoint of the whole experience? Driving along in my Citroen 2CV with the songs blasting in my ears, singing unintelligable French words at the top of my voice. Not sure my passengers approved though....
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't under estimate Le Carlisle 19 Jan 2007
By B. Argo
Format:Audio CD
This album is fanfreakingtastic. I can only guess at the accuracy of Belinda's pronunciation but it doesn't matter here. Whatever she is singing about is brimming with emotion and conviction. The album has an essentially pop feel to it but there is a nice diversity of music here. It has a very honest, earthy feel tinged with electronic modernity. Listening to this must certainly be the modern day equivalent of watching a Godard film during the French New Wave.

The team, which includes John Reynolds as Producer, and Brian Eno, Natacha Atlas, and Sharon Shannon as session artists, et al, has infused East Indian sounds into the western melodies creating a beautiful, trance-like quality; most evident on "Ma Jeunesse Fout Le Camp"

How do you credibly remake "La Vie En Rose"? Give it a beatnik inspired bongo beat, layer Belinda's stadium quality vocals on the chorus, revisit the transcendental East Indian warble and make what had better be marketed as the next big club hit! I dare you not to have visions of Grace Kelly in her convertible gliding through Monte Carlo as thousands of doves swarm the twilight skies when you listen to this.

I don't know exactly what's happening to the poor girl in "Ne Me Quitte Pas" but it's powerful. If her man doesn't have roses in his hand when he comes home- he'd better stay gone. Belinda has gone beyond singing pop music and entered musical storytelling. Forget tracing a "Circle in the Sand". Drive your Citroen off that "Emotional Highway". These are real feelings, raw and visceral resonations.

Don't let the soft opening fool you, "Des Ronds Dans L'eau" is catchy, funky, and beautiful.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars FAULTY VERSION
"Bonnie and Clyde" is the English version twice! Tracks 2 and 14 are identical. Hope Edsel correct this mistake (as well as "Woman and a Man", which is defective... Read more
Published 10 days ago by F. Javier SANCHEZ ARTEAGA
2.0 out of 5 stars It seems that, due to a production error at ...
It seems that, due to a production error at Edsel Records, the version of Bonnie And Clyde in this CD is the English one (Track 2 and Track 14) and the original French version has... Read more
Published 18 days ago by WILLIAM PORCEDDA
3.0 out of 5 stars Unfortunately, this Edsel reissue contains an error. Track ...
Unfortunately, this Edsel reissue contains an error. Track 2 should be the French version of Bonnie & Clyde (Bonnie et Clyde) but the English version is present, which means that... Read more
Published 18 days ago by The Pinnmeister
5.0 out of 5 stars REISSUE DELUXE EDITION BY EDSEL IS THE SAME EDITION IN 1 DISC. OH, NO,...
EDSEL EDITION IS NOT DELUXE!!!!!!!!!!!! PLEASE, YOU COULD ADD SOME REMIXES OR A LIVE VERSION (OR A NEW SONG) TO MAKE IT SOMEHOW DIFFERENT, BECAUSE THIS VERSION IS EXACTLY THE 2007... Read more
Published 2 months ago by johnny
4.0 out of 5 stars ok but where is the spell checker?
Nice attempt, I love Belinda and the other reviewers have said it all. Just one note, voilà is with an
accent on the "a" - stupid mistake.
Published 17 months ago by Ramses
5.0 out of 5 stars voila
DIFFERENT APPROACH FOR BELINDA CARLISLE. . A BIT DISAPPOINTING THERE WEREN'T MORE TRACKS ON THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE CD. Read more
Published 18 months ago by mark daines
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting path to take. Belinda's voice just about copes with...
I wanted to get this album cause I'd read some mixed reviews about it. Some reviews were positive and some of them really slammed it. Read more
Published on 23 May 2010 by film fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous !!
I was unsure weather to buy this CD or not. I have always loved Belinda, but thought hey maybe its been too long . Can she still cut it ? and of course its in French !!. Read more
Published on 28 Mar 2007 by D. T. Bishop
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical and beautiful
The unmistakable sultry vibrato of Belinda Carlisle transports you away to a another world. The first track "Ma jeunesse fout le camp" takes you through a door to a magical French... Read more
Published on 9 Feb 2007 by P. Hudson
1.0 out of 5 stars [...]
So Babe has a new album. It's been a while. Apart from the odd appearance on Celebrity reality shows, Ms Carlisle has been very quiet for the last few years. So..is it any good? Read more
Published on 8 Feb 2007 by Kenneth Hosick
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