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Nolita [Deluxe Edition]


  • 1. Que N'Ai-Je?
    2. Onde Amre, L'
    3. Chelsea Burns
    4. MIDI dans le Salon de La Duchesse
    5. Nolita
    6. Roses & Hips
    7. One Day Without
    8. Forme et le Fond, La
    9. For You and I
    10. Song of Alicia
    11. Keren Ann [Directed by Nico Tavernise] [DVD]
    12. Electronic Press Kit for Nolita [DVD]
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 3424110

  • Credits
    Producer
    Engineer

    This is the fourth album from Israeli-French chanteuse Keren Ann, though only her second outing released in the United States. Recorded in both Paris and New York City, NOLITA finds the artist in mid-Atlantic crossover, caught up in Old World ennui and Manhattan isolation. Here Keren Ann, singing in both French and English, wanders through a gallery of sad songs, all captured in a rich, natural production style.
    The opener, "Que N'ai-je?," has a mild bossa nova lilt, while the title track doubles her vocal in a just-woke-up sexy harmony (reminiscent of Azure Ray), eventually accompanied by a violin that doesn't know whether it's serenading or shivering in the cold. A mellow electric guitar straight out of the Velvet Underground's third album brings a narcotic elegance to "Chelsea Burns," while "Midi Dans Le Salon De La Duchesse" weds pedal-steel country to a "Sea of Love"-style pop rhythm. On other tracks, touches of harmonica, piano, and trumpet add to the urban, rain-soaked moodiness, but it all comes down to Keren Ann's spare acoustic guitar and sultry, half-whispered vocals, suffused with a romantic longing both immediately intimate and already gone.

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone (p.77) - 3.5 stars out of 5 - "[B]ilingual chamber pop that suggests French Sixties chanteuse Francoise Hardy whispering ballads from the first Velvet Underground album....[NOLITA] overflows with slow-burning melancholy..."
    Uncut (p.94) - 3 stars out of 5 - "Keren Ann has helped conceive a wildly successful nouvelle vague of French pop..."
    Mojo (Publisher) (p.64) - Ranked #5 in Mojo's "Top Ten World Albums Of 2005."
    Mojo (Publisher) (p.112) - 3 stars out of 5 - "[A] captivating sequence of songs....Keren Ann writes melodies that act as invitations to a soft-focus world of longing and melancholy..."
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  • Genre: Folk
  • Label: EMI 3424110
  • Distributor: n/a
  • Analog/Digital: n/a
  • Studio/Live: Studio
  • UPC: 094634241106
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