May 22, 2008 5:50 PM Subscribe
posted by nonmerci (13 comments total)
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Fancy a whirlwind tour of Popular Chanson
? A broad term referring to contemporary French popular music, "chanson" applies to a startling array of stuff. Just how broad do I mean?
Let's start with Grand Corps Malade
, sublime slam poet/lyricist. Les voyages en train. Quatre saisons.Bénabar
can best be described as a consummate performer à la Georges Brassens with songs at once cynical and sentimental. Quatre murs et un toit. Le dîner. La station Mir.
As mentioned in this very recent post
is a big name, with an impressive catalogue marked by an experimental spirit and a wide variety of influences. La métamorphose de Mister Chat. Song for Jedi. Tes lacets sont des fées.
, featured in the video in the previous post and the girlfriend of Dionysos' frontman Mathias Malzieu, made quite a name for herself before collaborating with his band. J'aime pas l'amour. J'traîne des pieds.
, former member of Dionysos, has recently released her solo album. Le marin. C'est quand déjà?
, the dreamy offspring of Françoise Hardy and Jacques Dutronc, has proven himself worthy of being the union of such legendary progenitors. J'aime plus Paris. Comme un manouche sans guitare.
, with roots in reggae and political lyrics, are a nice departure from the previous. Serre-moi. L'hymne de nos campagnes. G8.
Grab bag: Noir Désir - Le vent nous portera
(deserving of their own post, really
). Manu Chao - Rainin' in Paradize.
(he grew up in France) Anaïs - Mon coeur, mon amour.