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La Vie Marron
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La Vie Marron
Genres: Blues, World Music, Pop, Rock
 
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File used to be an acoustic Cajun dance band in the style of Beausoleil and Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys, but the addition of pianist/singer David Egan changed everything. Egan's boogie-woogie style, however, links Fil...  more »

      
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All Artists: File
Title: La Vie Marron
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Green Linnet
Release Date: 8/20/1996
Genres: Blues, World Music, Pop, Rock
Styles: Regional Blues, Cajun & Zydeco
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 048248212427, 048248212441

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File used to be an acoustic Cajun dance band in the style of Beausoleil and Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys, but the addition of pianist/singer David Egan changed everything. Egan's boogie-woogie style, however, links File to South Louisiana's swamp-pop legacy and, by extension, to New Orleans R&B. This gives the quintet a versatility that it puts to good use on its album La Vie Marron. On Egan's composition "I Just Can't Do Right," his Professor Longhair piano licks provide a strong New Orleans flavor, but Lormand's squeezebox and D'Jalma Garnier's fiddle pull it back into the swamps. The combination is unlike anything else coming out of the Gulf Coast. --Geoffrey Himes

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Avoids the trap of repetition that plagues dance music
06/30/1998
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Why does music sound so great in a club sometimes but kinda blah when you play that CD at home ? The same repetition that can make the music great to dance or drink to can make a whole CD too samey after 5 cuts. A Zydeco album that avoids this is LA VIE MARRON (THE RUNAWAY LIFE) by File. Although there are some very danceable cuts, there is enough variation in the songs & styles that you want to hear it aagain, and as Mr.Himes says, the piano playing really adds a whole other dimension that takes this beyond a generic Zydeco record."