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Aux Suivants: Homage a Jacques Brel
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Aux Suivants: Homage a Jacques Brel
Genres: World Music, Jazz, Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
 
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Jacques Brel Tribute. A New Generation of Artists Pays Tribute to Its Spiritual Father on 'aux Suivants'.

      
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All Artists: Various Artists
Title: Aux Suivants: Homage a Jacques Brel
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Universal/Polygram
Release Date: 1/26/1999
Album Type: Import
Genres: World Music, Jazz, Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
Styles: Europe, Continental Europe, Euro Pop, French Pop, Cabaret
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 731455918823

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Jacques Brel Tribute. A New Generation of Artists Pays Tribute to Its Spiritual Father on 'aux Suivants'.
 

CD Reviews

An advisory
Natalie C. Tyler | 09/01/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I am afraid that the reviewer from Montreal does not understand the star ratings. He raves about the album and then gives it only one star. This can be misleading for first time Brel listeners. I adore Brel. When studying French in Vichy I played him as part of my practice in hearing the nuances of pronounciation. He is the finest or was the finest of them all. I tend to enjoy the later songs a bit more - especially the Marquesas group that he wrote not long before his death. Buy them all though ! You won't be sorry."
Brel for the new generations
08/06/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is a great homage by contemporary artists to the immortal Brel, combining his perfect lyrics with tunes reinvented by truly creative bands. The result is... one of my all-time favorite CD's! Curiously, the first three songs by well-established singers such as Bashung or Arno sound somewhat "caricatural" and boring compared to the others. But, once these songs are over (I actually don't even listen to them!), you get to experience the true album and what makes it absolutely unique. It starts with the North-African style version of "Ne me quitte pas" by Faudel that is both fresh and inspiring. The rest is of the same standard: gorgeous music from talented artists of different styles that showcase the fabulous texts of Brel. I have to mention the two absolute jewels of the album that make it worth buying just for them, "Ces Gens-la" and "Jaures", respectively interpreted by two of the best French bands of the last decade, Noir Desir and Zebda. Nobody else could interpret such powerful songs - on a lyrical and a social standpoint - better than them, and the result is ever more powerful and amazingly original. As if their own personal talent built up on Brel's and created new songs of even bigger proportions. They are my favorites; but I should not neglect to say that all the other songs have that "je-ne-sais-quoi" that truly sticks with you. To give an example, I would refer to "Fanette": this apparently light and sunny version has a perfectly chilling underlying tone that remarkably renders the spirit of the song. Listen to the rest of the album and you will hear that none of the interpretations is a carbon copy of the original; they all have a true character of their own.
The album is a must-have whether you are an unconditional fan of Brel or not; it will make you discover a whole bunch of great French artists of these days while you enjoy "classic" songs that all generations should know."