It was always going to be difficult to match, let alone beat the brilliance of her Pure album but Lara Fabian has certainly given it a good try!
Lara has set very high standards in my opinion (not just with Pure but with her two English albums as well), and Nue is certainly not an average follow up to Pure. It is certainly very decent and to be fair, I'm better off for owning it. All of the tracks on the album apart from Imagine are a credit to Lara's high standard and as always, she performs most of the songs with all the passion and desire she can give. The adaptabilty of her voice makes the album interesting to listen to and her clarity (at either end of her voice pitch) is outstanding. 'J'y Crois Encore' and 'Silence' are on the Wonderful Life album as 'I've Cried Enough' and 'Silence' respectively, and this to me shows that Lara can translate her French songs into English and keep the sound & feel of the song very similar (which is something Celine Dion failed to do when two of her songs from D'eux were translated into English for the Falling Into You album), therefore keeping the character of the songs in tact. After hearing the French & English versions of these two songs, I will say that Lara has done this extremely well.
As mentioned earlier, Imagine is the only track I'm not keen on because it is mostly Lara speaking with background music (and occasional singing), and I don't find music like this very inspiring. Immortelle goes on a bit at the end but is otherwise a good song and to be fair, I think these are the only faults with the album. From a personal point of view, I prefer the more traditional sound of Pure to Nue's more modern edge.
Although Nue falls short of Pure's standards, it's still good enough to prove that Lara produces quality albums consistently and I would certainly recommend it.
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