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5.0 out of 5 stars A secret you must share !, 4 April 2006
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Mr. I. Stephen "dj_dadrock" - See all my reviews
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This review is from: If you Listen (English Lyrics) (Audio CD)
My thanks to the reviewer below for tipping me off on this one - it's a beauty !
I'd only heard her songs from the early/mid '60's and enjoy their poppy innocence still, but by comparison this took me back a bit. Contemporary covers, immaculately arranged and recorded in the early 70's,( at Sound Techniques in London - wonder who the backing musicians were ? ) sung mostly in English and delivered with a slow, deliberately understated melancholy.
Any fans of mellow singer-songwriters, quality pop or even folk-rocky artists from the early '70's should definitely check this out.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful!, 10 Mar. 2005
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It was just too perfect....Its a rainy autumn day in Paris, and I'm killing time in a record store, and a version of the Buffy Sainte Marie song "Until its time for you to go" that I love so much comes on over the shops PA, but sung in a wonderfully French accented voice. "WHAT IS THIS WORK OF STAGGERING GENIUS!!!!????" I mime to the sales assistant. In a sulky Parisian way, he gestures to this CD. I fling Euros at him like confetti.
I now know more Francoise Hardy records, and they are all great, but this is still my favourite. Not that its sung in English, but maybe its becouse it has that same laid back melancholy that Nico has, and also the wistfulness of the Marianne Faithful records of the same era. Its relaxing and its beautiful. Listen to this while sat on a velvet floor cushion, looking at rain run down the window pane.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A mystery solved, 14 April 2009
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Steve (Battle, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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In response to the last reviewer's query, it has only very recently emerged that the great Richard Thompson played guitar on this fine 1971 album of choice songs. The rhythm section was Fotheringay's Gerry Conway (now of Fairport Convention) on drums and Pat Donaldson on bass. I would have given the album 5 stars, except that I find some of the orchestrations are rather too dominant. Curiously, it has never been released in the UK.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Adorable Francoise, 18 Sept. 2012
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A simply wonderful album, by one of the great exponents of the vocal art, sang with such a sensitive touch..
Yes, the arrangements are, occasionally, over-zealous, but nothing can detract from the sheer beauty of this album!....and, why is it that English is so appealing, when sang with French inflection?
A simply gorgeous set of ballads ...Merci Francoise.....superb ! superb !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 18 Aug. 2014
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Highly enjoyable, have been a fan of Francoise for a very long time,
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 31 Aug. 2014
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