Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Folk, World Music, Pop
Following in the Same Downbeat Pop Traditions of Serge Gainesbourg, Francois Hardy and France Gall Comes the Debut Album from Breut. 10 Tracks Build Upon One Another to Create a Meloncholy Atmosphere Soothed Over by her Ca... more »
Following in the Same Downbeat Pop Traditions of Serge Gainesbourg, Francois Hardy and France Gall Comes the Debut Album from Breut. 10 Tracks Build Upon One Another to Create a Meloncholy Atmosphere Soothed Over by her Captivating Vocals.
Ten stars, really!
Joe Sixpack -- Slipcue.com | ...in Middle America | 09/09/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"WOW. One of the most striking, alluring, atmospheric, jazzy, sexy French albums you're likely to hear. When this came out in 1996, I was DJ-ing on a local noncommercial station & whenever I would play it, a dozen people would call to ask "wow! what is this!?" If you are looking for a truly enchanting, truly different-sounding record to groove out on, give this a try. This features smoky, Marianne Faithfull-style vocals swathed in a cloak of dreamy, somewhat foreboding arrangements not unlike Marc Ribot-era Tom Waits, or (dare I say it?) the Cowboy Junkies... Highly recommnended! (PS - you might also check out her boyfriend and musical partner, Dominique A, who also has several good albums out, and who co-produced this album... two of the best, most original French rock artists of the 1990s...)"
Francoiz Breut's Seductive and Stylish French Pop
Gavin B. | St. Louis MO | 02/07/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Francoiz Breut's music in firmly rooted the stylish French pop tradition of Jane Birkin and Francois Hardy. The dense atomospheric musical arrangements chart the same musical terrain of classic sixties producers like Serge Gainsbourg, Lee Hazelwood, and even Brian Wilson. In contrast to the voluptuous arrangements is Francoiz's airy vocal presence. Her voice is so light it floats above the music weaving a spell of hypnotic seduction.
Cherbourg native Francoiz Breut has the mysterious aura of the beautiful Gallic muse in the tradition of Jeanne Moreau.
Her elusive persona is as much what she is not; as what she is...Or as Nico so aptly put it,"I am your mirror"; a paradoxical reflection of both desire and detachment. Her vocals are at once; deeply wounded, icy, intimately playful and breathlessly passionate. This CD, Francoiz Breut's 2000 self titled debut, along with her 2001 cult favorite "Vingt a Trente: Mille Jours" are both recommended as overlooked masterpieces by a singer who personfies style and orginality, in a world of by-the-numbers, artless pop music. Those who appreciate the brooding chanteuse persona of singers Nico, Marianne Faithfull or Portishead's Beth Gibbons will find Francoiz Breut's music to be a revelation.
tracie | bay city, mi United States | 04/24/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"after reading the reviews i ordered.... i'm giving it 4 stars, but I've only listened to it 2 times. i'm a big fan of the romantic scratchy vintage 30-40's french tunes, this was a leap into new music for me, however with a few more listens, I may retract the 4 stars and give francioz all 5. her sound is fresh."