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Partir Pour Les Etoiles

Jacob (French) Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning Debut CD! March 2 2010
Recently a friend of mine sent me a copy of this CD with the message "If you like Francis Bernier, you'll love this", well quite simply Jacob knocks the socks off Francis Bernier! As soon as I heard this album I just had to have my own copy, ordered 2 copies on a Thursday and they arrived on my doorstep in England in 8 days; thanks Amazon, that's impressive!

The selection of songs on this CD is funky, modern and very catchy! Jacob is a hugely talented and charismatic boy with an infectious energy that makes me want to get and dance around the room, haha!. Believe me when I say you do not need to understand French to enjoy this CD, I only have a basic understanding of French from school 10 years ago and I absolutely adore this CD.

I really hope this is not the last CD from Jacob, so many talented young singers only do one CD (Declan Galbraith, Joseph McManners, Francis Bernier) and it is a great shame because they always have so much more to give with limited time in which to do so.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Buy this for the kids... but play it for yourself! March 13 2010
"French boys sing well. This is just expected." But maybe because of this, when they are very, very good, severely under-appreciated.

This recording is a contrast with the one released by Francis Bernier late in 2007. If you haven't got that, place your order NOW while you still can! Where Francis delivers an emotional depth very unexpected for his few years, Jacob is more of a stand up and sing kind of guy. Can he sing? Oh goodness yes. His voice is not unusually strong, typical of his age, but he is technically better. He doesn't push his range much here. His ballads do not have all the expressiveness that comes with age and experience, but he starts to shine when he slides into motion on an up-tempo song, especially when not pushing too hard to "rock it" for the kids.

The album stays pretty close to the theme of "Sail to the Stars" which is a refreshing relief from the usual sterile puppy-lust songs of so much commercially manufactured music. Much of the material sounds derivative to my ears, but to young performers, all of this is fresh and new, and they pour their hearts into it. Maybe this is why I seek them out.

I'll pick as the best tracks the title tune, "Partir pour les etoiles" for its soaring chorus that he sells very well, and "Question de pais" as best overall. He is a natural fit for the up-tempo acoustic folk-rock feel that starts "Un pas de plus" but over-produced percussion puts the rest of this tune into overload and knocks it out of the top two.

Cover art: horrible. Please photographers, get the lens out of the poor kid's face! He's a good looking guy, just let it happen. Jacob, next album, ditch the hat.

I rate rising new stars against the same standards as top professionals.
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