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Gourmandises the French word for sweets (or candies) is the appropriate title of French pop princess Alizée's debut album. Like an aniseed ball, the mix of pop tunes and ballads are pleasant and consistent throughout, but at the same time never too adventurous. The French lyrics may sour the album for some but the catchy tunes and lyrics (even though they may mean little to your average Anglophile) highlight the universal language of pop.
Following the global smash "Moi Lolita", are two similarly sounding tunes "Lui ou Toi" and "L'Alizé" which once again showcase Alizée's mature and breathy vocals. Other tracks are also equally sweet and familiar, with the opening to "Mon Maquis" sounding remarkably like T'Pau's "Heart and Soul". The highlight of the album has to be the addictive but slightly corny "JBG"--James Bond Girl. Alleged focused around Alizée's own life experiences, all of the tracks have been written and produced by top French duo Mylène Farmer and Laurent Boutonnat. Très bon! --John Galilee
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2002 looks to be even better for the pretty French 'chanteuse', with Alizée attacking the UK charts in February, and possibly the US after that. This album may be a year old, but it's as impressive as ever.. and it's release in the UK now is well timed.
Being able to appreciate, or understand, French isn't a prerequisite for this album. Even if you've been studying French for a while, you'll find many of the lyrics rather cryptical. You'll enjoy a lot of wordplay and puns, especially in 'Moi Lolita'. Some English even creeps into the album on tracks such as 'J.B.G.' (James Bond Girl).
As with many French albums, there are a few incidents where the lyrics are too direct and blunt. 'Je sais que cette hymen durera longtemps' (I know that this hymen will last a long time), for example.
When you first put this CD on, you might be surprised by how deep her voice is. Don't worry, Alizée is simply demonstrating her impressive vocal range, and she leaps between sultry lows and dizzy highs throughout the album.
Unlike many pop albums, this album has a very interesting sound overall. Some songs are dark, some are very much 'pop', yet all have the 'traditional' broody creepy French mood in them. Yes, this is a pop album full of minor chords..
So, in 2002 as in 2000 and 2001.. still an excellent effort all round! Alizée, and this CD, is an excellent package most people are sure to enjoy.
I was amazed by Alizee's voice and range of vocals when I heard Moi...Lolita but it's only when you listen to the whole album do you realise just how impressive her voice really is, no songs sound the same & the fact the album is in French doesn't deter me at all it is just such a great album.
Here are some of the words that I think sum up the music in this classic Album and its beautiful artist; Alizée:
Mesmerizing; Spellbinding, Beautiful, Melodic, Lovely, Mystical, Eerie, Captivates, Soothing, Gentle, Delights, Hypnotizes, Addictive. It takes you to a wonderful place where she speaks the `Language of Love'.. Once you start listening to this rendition; you will probably never stop. I still haven't. I still listen to this Album all the time. It's what has made me a loyal Alizée admirer.
It never becomes old; and it amazes me that it is still relevant. This is Euro Pop Music at its most pleasing. I cannot explain what it is that makes everyone Love this album so much and the way they do...but I think you just need to look at the reviews...and...need I say more?... Maybe it's the sound of Alizée's voice: sophisticated, sweet, sultry, sexy - Her innocence, yet...there's just something about her - that (makes her) and the music - so undeniably sexy and enchanting. It comes through in her songs. The Music on this album captures you. And it's undeniably addictive. One really cannot help but be drawn into it - Maybe it's the unique production and sheer magic of Mylène Farmer and Laurent Boutonnat... unquestionably, it too, is what has made this album special. Whatever it is...it's wonderful. It's a Classic. I Love it. You will never ever regret getting this album. Ever. In fact, you will buy all her albums after listening to this one!:0)
Here's my Rating:
1 = First-class/Excellent Track... ½ = Not too Bad/Nice... 0 = Not working
1. Moi ... Lolita = 1
2. Lui Ou Toi = 1
3. Alizé = 1
4. J.B.G. = ½
5. Mon Maquis = 1
6. Parler Tout Bas = 1
7. Veni Vedi Vici = 1
8. Abracadabra = ½
9. Gourmandises = 1
10. Quoi Rêve une Jeune Fille = 1
Total Rating : 9/10.
I have no doubt on this one: This album thoroughly deserves 5/5!!
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