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Bachelor in Paris: Ultra Lounge 10
Genres: Alternative Rock, Jazz, Special Interest, Pop
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Votre meilleur coupable plaisir!
1-0 | California | 03/13/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Yes, this is one of the best Ultra-lounge CDs, and not just because it tries to transport you into the super-chic world of France, as viewed from the eyes of soon-to-be-too-hip-to-care Americans. Unlike many of the CDs in this set, Bachelor in Paris lands beaucoup points for actual sentiment here, even with the sometimes annoying fake French dame who pops up every now and then. The renditions of the most famous stuff ("La Vie en Rose", "April in Paris", "Milord") are pretty unique, and you can still never say that Sam Butera didn't put every ounce of his soul into his horn. My faves are the lesser known, like "French Rat Race" (Manhatten Transfer eat your hearts out!) and "Under Paris Skies/La La Collette" which may be the single corniest (yet wonderful) performance in the ultra lounge series. Overall, tout à fait beau, and so lovely on a temperate spring afternoon."
winkingtiger | Oakland, CA | 03/03/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"One of the more unusual entries in the U-L sereis, this one has slowly become one of my favorites. Of course, this is not authentic 'French' music in any sense, but at least most of the cuts have French-sounding names! These American Loungeés may never have been to Paree, but they still deliver Gallic-inspired delights such as the Xylophone-mad 'Clown On The Eiffel Tower' or the hyperactive scat-singing of 'French Rat Race'. Not to mention other standouts like a Mambo 'I Love Paris' (one of 2 versions here, both great), A swingin' 'La Vie En Rose' in the style of Carl Mann's 'Mona Lisa' [I love swing versions of familiar ballads]! Other standouts include 2 linked versions of 'C'est Si Bon', and the eerie, yet corny 'Parisian Women' (how they pulled that combination off I'll never know). As the liner notes say, 'This Is The Paris Of The Mind', and I think that's a good description as regards authenticity; this may not be 'pure', but it sure is fun! The melodies definitely grow on you after repeated listenings. And, by the way, I believe the Frenchwoman who guides you through Paris in her 4 or 5 little interjections is none other that Line Renaud, who performed the memorable 'Sexe' on Vol. 4. I think she's tres enchantee...but those who don't like spoken words can remove her by using program or shuffle on your CD player, her asides reside in the 'gap' areas before songs and are removed unless you play the album in order, from the beginning. So there! Stop complaining (see below) and listen to one of the coolest and most charming entries in the series!"
Paris Never Could Have Been This Good!
Constance Hirsch | Somerville, MA | 04/14/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I took a flyer on a used copy of this CD, based on how much I liked some of the other Ultra-Lounge discs, and much to my surprise this has been a favorite. Particular surprise: the most bouncy light-hearted cover of "La Vie En Rose" ever committed to vinyl."