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I saw Francoise Hardy in concert some time in the mid 60's, and you can imagine what sort of an impression she made on my teenaged self. She has made other, more mature, more musically interesting and no doubt better recordings since the sixties, but this is the one to get if you want to go back to those glory days. This double CD is unbelievable value for money, even if most of the songs are a bit short by today's standards. The songs are mostly simple three-chord affairs, and the arrangements sound naive and dated - a bit like very early Cliff and The Shadows. Neither does the voice have a great deal of power, range or variation of tone. But who cares? Mlle Hardy does certain things well, knows what her strengths are, and plays to them. The voice is pure, haunting, and soooooooo relaxing. This is the easiest of listening. Don't worry if you can't understand French. In fact this is probably an advantage, as the words aren't the strongest features of these songs, and you're probably better off just imagining what they're about. Let's face it, they're not exactly Jacques Brel or Georges Brassens. But then you're not buying this album for intellectual stimulation; quite the opposite in fact. You're just buying it to bathe yourself in that lush voice and to wallow in memories of those golden times. And at less than seven quid you really don't have an excuse not to get this album.