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5.0 out of 5 stars Francoise Hardy double CD - The 'Vogue" years, 5 Jun. 2010
This review is from: The Vogue Years (Audio CD)
Recently browsing the web, I stumbled on Francoise Hardy's "All Over The World" ('Dans le Monde Entier' in French) from the mid-60's, and it all came back....... the haunting melody , beautiful singing voice... everything. Still get goosebumps listening to it. So I browsed through all her other songs.
Result? Purchase of the double CD collection of 'Vogue Years'. Now I realise what an accomplished singer-songwriter she became and still is.
Considering all the songs were written in the 60's it's remarkable how many of them still sound fresh - e.g. "Le Temps d'Amour", "Je changerais d'avis", "Voila", "La Maison ou j'ai grandi" "Ce petit Coeur"

In common with all these is Francoise' beautiful pure French singing voice. It really doesn't much matter if your knowledge of the French language is only basic - it's almost an advantage. I don't think there has been anyone in the UK who really comes close to her 'sound', with the possible exception of Marianne Faithful or Judie Tzuke.
Anyone wanting to listen to the songs of her early singing career started should certainly buy this collection. The account (though brief) of her early background and the song which launched her into superstardom in France - "Tous les garcons et les filles.." is a great accompaniment whilst you are listening to the tracks - some of which have become quite addictive.

(PS I don't necessarily agree with some of the comments listed above regarding her voice not suiting live concerts. Probably in a large 'Arena', her voice would become 'lost' up there in the ceiling amidst the crowd noise. Maybe her singing style would better suit a small venue where her music could be listened to by her dedicated fans who would just want to 'listen'. But who am I to say..)

B Jones

The Vogue Years
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