CD Voila [Bonus Disc] [Limited] (CD 1144440), Audio Other
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Voila [Bonus Disc] [Limited]

  • 0. DISC 1:
    1. Ma Jeunesse Fout le Camp - (French)
    2. Bonnie et Clyde - (French)
    3. Avec le Temps - (French)
    4. Sous le Ciel de Paris - (French)
    5. Des Ronds dans l'Eau
    6. Pourtant Tu M'Aimes - (French)
    7. Ne Me Quitte Pas - (French)
    8. Vie en Rose, La - (French)
    9. Contact - (French)
    10. Merci Cherie - (French)
    11. Jezebel - (French)
    1. I Still Love Him
    2. Vie en Rose, La
    3. Bonnie and Clyde
    4. If You Go Away
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 10883

  • Credits
    ProducerJohn Reynolds; John Reynolds
    EngineerJohn Reynolds; Alan Branch; Tim Oliver

    Includes Bonus CD
    Personnel: Belinda Carlisle (vocals); Natacha Atlas (vocals); Sagat Guirey (flamenco guitar); Winnie Horan (violin); Julian Wilson (strings, piano, Hammond b-3 organ, keyboards); Sharon Shannon (accordion); Claire Kenny (bass instrument, bass guitar); John Reynolds, John Reynolds (drums, programming); Nikki Leighton Thomas, Pauline Scanlon (background vocals); Fiachna OBraonain (vocals, guitar); Graham Henderson (accordion); Brian Eno (keyboards).
    Audio Mixers: John Reynolds; Alan Branch.
    Recording information: Ghostrooms, London, England.
    Photographer: Jill Furmanovsky.
    Translator: Fiachna OBraonain.
    Belinda Carlisle has followed an interesting trajectory over the years, from youthful garage punk to new wave-pop diva (fronting the Go-Gos) to adult contemporary solo artist. Given her many phases, it shouldn't be too much of a curveball to learn that VOILA, Carlisle's first solo album in 10 years, is an homage to the French chanson tradition. Yet it's somehow odd to hear Carlisle singing entirely in French, and taking on the songs of Edith Piaf, Francoise Hardy, and Serge Gainsbourg.
    But Carlisle pulls the project off with panache: VOILA is executed with sophistication and skill. The excellent selection of material is the bedrock of the album (Jacques Brel's "Ne Me Quitte Pas," for example, is a highlight), but the genre-splicing arrangements, and guests like Brian Eno and Hothouse Flowers, keep things fresh. Still, it's Carlisle's show, and her interpretations of these French classics make this unique album a worthy listen.

  • Critic Reviews
    Entertainment Weekly (p.76) - "[S]he applies a fluency in French and her infamous vibrato to beloved Gallic evergreens..." -- Grade: B
    Uncut (p.72) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[She] successfully brings a fresh but emotionally convincing slant to epics like 'Ne Me Quitte Pas' and 'La Vie En Rose'."
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