- Audio CD (15 Sept. 2014)
- Deluxe Edition edition
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Deluxe Edition
- Label: Edsel
- ASIN: B00JYDGH6K
- Other Editions: Audio CD | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 122,591 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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In 2007, after an eight year break, Belinda Carlisle returned with an album of eleven classic French pop songs. Said Belinda: “After discovering and coming to love French music, I decided to record these amazing songs myself, with a playful, contemporary feel”. The songs range from Edith Piaf to Françoise Hardy via Serge Gainsbourg, Jacques Brel and the winning Austrian entry in 1966 Eurovision Song Contest. Produced by John Reynolds, the album features contributions from Brian Eno, Natacha Atlas and Sharon Shannon. The album is now expanded to include four songs in English from the very rare two disc edition, the lyrics, and full annotation about the background of each song.
Top Customer Reviews
The brilliance of this recording is that now it's all about the beauty of music. I have found such humor in the reviews I read from fans who are hung up on the fact the album is in French instead of English. By not having a clue what the words mean it allows the music and harmonies to evoke an entirely new level of emotion. Belinda Carlisle's vocals are now about the instrumentation and not about the meaning.
The stand out's on this recording are fairly obvious. "La Vie En Rose" which follows in a style that Belinda started with 1999's "All God's Children" from her "A Place On Earth" greatest hits collection. "Avec Le Temps" is a gut wrenching painful listen. My heart always just sinks about 2/3 of the way through the song as the mood darkens.
Among my favorite tracks from this recording include "Sous Le Ciel De Paris," which really make me imagine frollicing through the streets of Paris on a sunny spring day. "Contact" for me just rockets me right into the '60's. "Merci Cherie," is just lovely and is the perfect way to say THANK YOU to that special person for the love they bring into your life.
I'm sure you'll agree that music goes far beyond the barriers of language. I for one imagine Belinda getting a grammy nod for this recording. I for one am looking forward to the tour and live performances of these songs!
The team, which includes John Reynolds as Producer, and Brian Eno, Natacha Atlas, and Sharon Shannon as session artists, et al, has infused East Indian sounds into the western melodies creating a beautiful, trance-like quality; most evident on "Ma Jeunesse Fout Le Camp"
How do you credibly remake "La Vie En Rose"? Give it a beatnik inspired bongo beat, layer Belinda's stadium quality vocals on the chorus, revisit the transcendental East Indian warble and make what had better be marketed as the next big club hit! I dare you not to have visions of Grace Kelly in her convertible gliding through Monte Carlo as thousands of doves swarm the twilight skies when you listen to this.
I don't know exactly what's happening to the poor girl in "Ne Me Quitte Pas" but it's powerful. If her man doesn't have roses in his hand when he comes home- he'd better stay gone. Belinda has gone beyond singing pop music and entered musical storytelling. Forget tracing a "Circle in the Sand". Drive your Citroen off that "Emotional Highway". These are real feelings, raw and visceral resonations.
Don't let the soft opening fool you, "Des Ronds Dans L'eau" is catchy, funky, and beautiful.Read more ›
"Massive apologies to everyone who has purchased the re-issues of 'A Woman And a Man' and 'Voila'. The error that occurred on both projects was down to genuine human error and for that we are really sorry, we are doing everything we can to rectify this immediately.
We sincerely hope this will not hamper your enjoyment of what is a wonderful catalogue of releases and can assure that the new box set masters have been triple checked and are free of issues.
Today we'll be receiving spindles of the corrected discs into our office, so any fans that would like to receive a corrected copy of these albums please e-mail 2e.DMG.Info2@bbc.com clearly marking your e-mail 'Belinda CD' and we will post out a correct disc for you to insert into your packages. Thanks
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Belinda's voila album is good. I would have liked one or two more upbeat tracks,
and less of the very French slow songs.
alleen erg jammer dat er een "fout"op de cd staat en dat je dus uiteindelijk niet de correcte cd krijgt zoals beloofd. Read morePublished 24 months ago by rikje felix
I expected more after reading other reviews before buying this. Belinda has done alot of better CDsPublished on 20 Nov. 2014 by Peter E Harrison
Wonderful. Belinda has always had one of the very best voices in pop and this is no exception. Beautifully performed and incredibly in French too.Published on 23 Sept. 2014 by roustabout2014
"Bonnie and Clyde" is the English version twice! Tracks 2 and 14 are identical. Hope Edsel correct this mistake (as well as "Woman and a Man", which is defective... Read morePublished on 11 Sept. 2014 by F. Javier SANCHEZ ARTEAGA
It seems that, due to a production error at Edsel Records, the version of Bonnie And Clyde in this CD is the English one (Track 2 and Track 14) and the original French version has... Read morePublished on 3 Sept. 2014 by WILLIAM PORCEDDA