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Laugh and lust, till the accordion bursts...,
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This review is from: Love & Death: The Songs Of Jacques Brel (Audio CD)
Obviously, you can't beat the originals of these songs, but if you are looking for entertaining and inventive interpretations then this is an album to enjoy. It helps that having a female singer automatically gives a different perspective, particularly in songs like Au Suivant and Jacky, but this is enhanced by the arrangements that refresh (and in certain cases completely reinvigorate) familiar songs. So Le Moribond (best known in the UK as the maudlin "Seasons in the Sun") is given an energetic and speedy - almost rock - feel that's far closer to Brel's original meaning, while "Jacky" - probably most familiar from Scott Walker's dramatic version - starts off stripped down and almost wistful, before gathering pace. It's great to see some of Brel's less well-known songs(to English listeners) like Les Bourgeois and Jaures given an airing, and the band also demonstrate that accordions in pop music don't have to result in the faux-folk of Mumford and Sons. Buy the album - but also catch them live if you can.