charming and strange
I have come to absolutely adore this album. It's funny, quirky, sad, and, yes, has great charm. The band is very tight, with its piano, accordion, reed, and bass. Amelie has a marvelous, light voice (a bit like Anna McGarrigle) that is capable of great emotional range, and she is NOT afraid to take chances. In "En mission" she actually barks like a dog --- it's hysterically funny! Yet in songs like "Petit callou" and "Ta p'tite flamme," she is very moving. and This is an album I would recommend to anyone, whether they speak French or not (I myself speak very little). If you like Paris, if you like French pop . . . well what are you waiting for?
Very enjoyable album for those with a sense of humor
This is a delightful little sly wink of an album. The musicians are clearly having a fantastic time, the songs are all hysterical, and the music is good. It's the kind of music you might hear in a tiny cabaret somewhere in Pigalle, in which the performers are all wearing clown shoes and face paint, and are singing desperately about disintegrating relationships with their chandeliers. Recommended for adults with senses of humor, and children under 7 who can't speak French (some of the songs are a little racy, and the aesthetic is probably a little too bizarre for kids over a certain age).
If you like french music and piano music, this is a great album for you. She has a beautiful voice, and the instrumental is lovely. Very laid back and relaxing.
One of the best CDs we own. Definitelly well written, with a lot of soul and tenderness. She is competing with the best. Give it a try! You'll fall in love.
Agreed, this is bad.
Just had to agree with a previous review that this CD gets really, really annoying. Try something else!
french chanson...with a twist
come on, people. open your ears.
i can't possibly believe anyone would have something less than fantastic to say about this group. it screams paris, but not in the obnoxious way everything else does! it is some smart, cafe au lait-soaked stuff.
just open your ears--open your mind--to something marvelous and new, drenched in the classic sense of music that is, essentially, france.
or, don't, if you'd rather listen to avril lavigne. i don't think i'll miss you.
I'm Not a Connoiseur But....
I tend to think of myself as having a variety of music likes and dislikes. Lately, I've been listening to a lot of alternative rock, video game soundtracks, as well as various types of jazz. I was looking for a new direction to take my music collection, when I came upon a CD by Putumayo called "Paris". The CD was okay overall, but I stumbled upon a hidden gem called Ta p'tite flamme by Amelie. I can't speak French for the life of me, but her voice was quite nice. I also enjoyed the musical arrangement. With that said, I looked for more of her music, and the only place I could find it, especially somewhat affordably was here. I listened to the CD, and I would have to say that this is hands down, better than most of the jazz I hear on radio today (besides Sade, she's cool). With every listen of this album, I enjoy more and more. This definitely doesn't deserve 1 star. It's awesome French jazz music!