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Le Fil [2CD Set] Content/Copy-Protected CD, Limited Edition

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  • Audio CD (24 April 2006)
  • Limited Edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Content/Copy-Protected CD, Limited Edition
  • Label: EMI France
  • ASIN: B000BS6Y6A
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  DVD Audio  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 426,547 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The second album from avant-garde French vocalist Camille is a melting pot of interesting arrangements and unusual sounds.

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To point out to another reviewer the "annoying undertone" throughout the record is actually the concept of the entire thing. 'Le Fil' is roughly translated as 'The Thread' hence the line that appears thoughout the packaging. The Thread is a perpetual vocal hum that lasts the entirity of the record. It has a strange effect becasue you end up hearing it even when the album has finished!

Camille sings 98% of the record in her native French and it (if you don't speak it) gives an ethereal mystical quality to it. The saturation of melody in this album more than makes up for the fact that you cannot understand the lyrics.

It's majority is constructed entirely of vocals, a similar concept to Bjork's Medulla album. Camille makes a plethora of noises, ululations and percussive sounds to augment her lyrics and the occasional bass guitar. Theres a goreous bit where she hits a note which gets blended into the same note by a saxophone and the effect is superb.

A fantastic album, varied, innovtive, even catchy. I find myself singing along without knowing what the hell I'm on about! I would say it's an aquired taste but it's worth checking out.
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BONJOUR!
I recently went to Paris for a weekend, and discovered this CD. It's the second solo album by French singer songwritr Camille who also performed with Nouvelle Vague (an album of bossa nova covers of new wave songs) and I think she did someting with Etienne de Crecy (a single from Super Discount 2).
Even if you do not understand a word of French, you can't miss the musical genius of this album. It has to be one of the most original and striking CDs released in years, mainly because of two fascinating features;
1) LE FIL (The Line or The Thread) which seems to represent the single long held note that runs the entire length of the CD, even after the 15 songs have finished! I think in Indian music it's called a drone.
2) The arrangements using 'human beatbox' (that's what the credits say) and lots of quirky vocal effects and harmonies all done by Camille it seems. It's light but funky, and you don't actually miss traditional instruments.
The songs themselves are very catchy and sometimes beautiful and haunting. I don't understand all the lyrics (GCSE French only!) but I don't feel like I'm missing out on anything.
I found her the official site [...] - if you need more proof that this is a masterpiece. I suspect that we'll all be hearing a lot more from Camille in the future. I hope she releases some stuff in English at some point.
In the meantime, buy this album and you will not be disappointed. In France it's a phenomenon!
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Don't underestimate this record. There are moments of whimsy, eccentricity and frivolity, but closer listening reveals reams of talent on behalf of Camille, and beauty, intricacy and undeniable craftsmanship from her music. The lighter moments are there because she chooses it, not because that is all she has. It soon becomes evident that she's a smart and even witty performer. There's an engaging, laconic, dry manner in which delivers a great deal of her lyrics, which only serves to make the moments of intensity that much more compelling. Her voice is capable of expression that most other artists simply are not, and she uses it to great effect. The basenote refered to by another reviewer, is most deliberate. She uses it to connect the songs, and give the album a core, from which she weaves in and out of a range of styles and emotions, with barely anything more than her voice. One of the most charismatic artists, you've never heard of.
Essential Tracks
Ta Douler
Quand Je Marche
Senza
Au Port
Rue De Menilmontant
Baby Carni Bird
Vous
Vertige
Who am I kidding, just listen to the whole album, it's worth it. Camille is one of the handfull of artists, even the most savvy of my music friends don't know about, and all of them have fallen head over heels for her, and her music.
Surprise yourself, and buy a record by an artist you don't know, in a language you probably don't speak, and fall in love with it anyway.
Five Stars
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An absolute joy of an album. Listened to it 3 times back to back and could listen several times more. Her clever use of sounds, vocal percussion and multiple overlays of voice together with good use of themes and excellent production makes this my absolute favorite album of the year.

Withdraw one start because copy protected wma files mean that I can't play this on my mp3 player - my primary way of listening to music. What a disappointment.
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I don't normally bother to write reviews here, but felt compelled to do so after the baffling one which precedes mine. This, quite simply, is genius - the first time I heard it I was blown away by the sound, not something that happens often. In an age of dull, plodding musical conformity, this is a rare and stunning attempt at something genuinely new and different - there are many things to praise, but what ultimately stands out is Camille's incredible, multi-layered vocal technique. Bjork is an obvious influence in several ways, but Camille has a less dramatic, more sensuous and subtle quality to her singing (which is all in French).

The tunes defy conventional song structure but are melodically strong nonetheless, and arguably she integrates her many influences rather more seamlessly than does Bjork - European avant-garde electronica and French pop combines with African choral influences to make a cohesive whole. Each tracks segues into the next, so this is truly an album which deserves to be heard from start to finish.

It may take a few listens to fully get your head round, but it's well worth the effort. If you like your music fairly undemanding, best stick to Coldplay and their legion of dreary imitators - otherwise you really should check this out, there's nothing else quite like it.
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