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Putumayo Presents: Paris
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Many Putumayo compilations fail to capture the essence of a specific region by focusing on music that is simply too polite for its own good. When it comes to the languid charms of French chanson, however, the label has always excelled. An indispensable companion to the previously released French Caf¨¦ Paris focuses on the renaissance of French popular music in the hands of artists such as the raspy voiced Thomas Fersen, supermodel-turned-songwriter Carla Bruni and the ineffable Paris Combo-- arguably, the one group that started the smoky cabaret song revival in the mid-'90s. An air of luxury and languor defines the 12 tracks here, from the breezy bossa nova of Coralie Cl¨¦ment's "Samba de Mon Coeur Qui Bat" ("Samba of my Beating Heart") to the accordion laced atmospherics of Amelie-Les-Crayons and the wistful "Ta P'tite Flamme" ("Your Little Flame"). Judging by this disc, contemporary French pop may very well be one of the most exciting musical movements in the world right now. --Ernesto Lechner

Very traditional in its sound, chanson was rediscovered and revamped in the late 50s and early 60s before it once again became pass¨¦ with younger audiences, who embraced rock and pop as the sound of their generation. Now, forty years later, a new school of musicians has given a fresh voice to this vintage sound, creating the nouvelle sc¨¨ne (new scene) that is all the rage in Paris. Putumayo Presents Paris is an introduction to a vibrant group of artists out to prove that this is not your grandma's chanson. Paris makes the perfect companion piece to the hugely successful French Caf¨¦.

Time races on, and a new generation of musicians set the stage for the future by looking to the past. Putumayo invites you to experience this new wave of classic music.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this CD will be donated to Terre des Hommes in support of their efforts to provide active support to disadvantaged children around the world.

Customer Reviews:

  • SIX STARS IF I COULD....
    I was shopping for some cards the other day and heard delightful music and a Frenchman's lilting voice singing playing the store - followed by an equally gorgeous woman's voice singing French pop. I lingered through about 5 songs, long enough to know I NEEDED this CD. There is not one cut on this expertly chosen collection that is not fantastically melodic and beautiful, and all of the artists are great. And you will have no problem translating the French into something emotional - warmly appealing - even if, like me, you can't speak a word of it. I love this album and have listened to it several times every day since I bought it. Now I'm planning a trip to Paris...as soon as possible! ...more info
  • Wonderful collection
    This CD includes a great mix of cafe style french music. Its a relaxed and eclectic compilation of modern, alternative artists. I like literally every song on this mix, I highly recommend it....more info
  • Great collection
    This is a great collection if you like chanson or just want to expand your musical horizons. I listen to everything from Beethoven to Kid Rock and like pretty much all Putumayo releases for the latter....more info
  • If you can't be in France, then...
    buy this CD. The music is lovely. A perfect mix, creates a good mood.

    I totally recommend it....more info
  • Great intro to La Chanson Francaise for the novice...
    If you enjoy music of various world traditions, this album is a fun introduction to chanson, the traditional French music style that emerged between the wars. This album gives a nice diverse palate of contemporary artists celebrating this tradition, sometimes straight up and sometimes with a modern twist.
    If you like the songs on this album, definitely check out Rupa and the April Fishes. Rupa Marya is an Indian woman living in San Francisco who sings in French; the April Fishes' music is a jazzy eclectic riff off of chanson, and is definitely 5-star. If it weren't enough that she's beautiful and sings like an angel, Rupa in her "free time" is also a medical doctor. Talk about talent. Check 'em out!...more info
  • It's a mini-vacation
    One of the best things about Putamayo is that when you listen to their selection of music you are transported in space right to the locale they are recording. Paris is a wonderful collection of cafe style music that makes you want to sip your cafe au lait and savor a delectable croissant, even in the middle of a Jersey winter....more info
  • Ennui in Paris
    I heard tracks from this album on Putumayo's World Music Hour.I'm glad I didn't plunk down any music for this CD,as much as I like Putumayo.

    "Nouvelle chanson" isn't my cup of French coffee,that's for sure.I reccomend Lo'Jo to those with Gallic tastes;they are a spicy ratatouille.The selections from this are as sappy as cream puffs;chocolate-filled croissants are great,just not in excess....more info
  • Nouvelle French Chanson Thrives in the Global Village
    As a sequel of sorts to last year's catchy throwback to French chanson, "French Cafe", a new collection of cafe-style chansons has been released by the world music label Putumayo but this time solely with contemporary singers inspired by the likes of Serge Gainsbourg and Edith Piaf - a movement called appropriately "nouvelle chanson". The result is pleasing and sometimes quite luminous but often lacking the wine-soaked gravitas of the original artists from the 1950's and 60's. As compensation, these artists seem to embrace the world music scene with enthusiasm as they easily incorporate sounds that would seem at odds with the Gallic-centric music.

    On "Au Cafe de la Paix", Thomas Fersen starts things off with a deceptively buoyant tune that describes a man waiting at a cafe for a woman who never comes. Coralie Clement brings a Brazilian bossa nova backbeat to "Samba de Mon Coeur Qui Bat", as Pascal Parisot does similarly to his ennui-filled "Je Reste Au Lit", which sounds like it would fit right in on the Riviera circa 1965. A nice gypsy jazz feel pervades both Karpatt's "Dites Moi Tu" featuring guest singer Fleur, and Paris Combo's "Lettre A P...", a downbeat waltz with an effectively muted trumpet underlining singer Belle du Berry. Cara Bruni's folkish "Quelqu'un M'a Dit" is a high point with her breathless lyrics wafting over a strumming acoustic guitar.

    Global vibes abound with Keren Ann, who lends a darker, Latin-tinged tone to "Jardin D'Hiver", and Myrtille, who seems to bring a whole third world beat to "Les Pages". Sounding like a Gallic version of Men at Work, Tryo performs "Serre-Moi" with jaunty fervor. There are a couple of songs that border on the strange. Preque Oui's "L'ongle (The Fingernail)" is an odd little track about the personal remnants lovers leave behind, while the circus has apparently come to town in Amelie-Les-Crayons' "Ta P'tite Flamme" with a sad accordion accompanying her forlorn vocal. Aldebert ends the disc with the hopeful, country-twanged "Carpe Diem". It's quite a hodgepodge but one that works well together as a collection, providing ample proof that French chanson is here to stay. As with "French Cafe", Putumayo has included an informative booklet that gives a thumbnail sketch of each artist and describes the genesis of each song....more info