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2010 release, an all-French album from the American Jazz vocalist. Raconte-Moi..(Tell Me) revisits great classics of the French musical heritage with songs by Barbara, Paul Misraki, Georges Moustaki, Henri Salvador, Michel Jonasz, Keren Ann and Benjamin Biolay, and also showcases original work by talented young songwriters like Claire Denamur, Camille D'avril and Emilie Satt. Stacey Kent bridges the divide between genres, elegantly and daintily stamping her own personal hallmark on this shining album. EMI.
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Le choix artistique de Stacey Kent - une anglo-américaine - est donc plus audacieux que certaines chanteuses de Québec ou Ottawa: bravo !
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On this pleasant offering, produced and arranged by her hubby, the accomplished British saxophonist Jim Tomlinson, she covers some staples of the French Chanson (hits by Barbara, Paul Misraki, Georges Moustaki, Henri Salvador, Michel Jonasz, Keren Ann et Benjamin Biolay, among the others) and sings some original material written by talented French songwriters expressely for her: the results is a an usual and 'chilled-out', loungy cocktail of French pop and contemporary jazz.
Over the years Stacey Kent has developed a distinctive sound based around gentle, jazzy grooves that radiate their own charm and warmth.
This charming album has a bright optimistic feel to it.
I like the opener, the classic Brazilian bossa nova "Waters of March" (Portuguese: "Águas de Março") by the genius of A.C. Jobim, with its gorgeous flute led percussion break.
Breezy songs like 'Jardin D'Hiver" (Winter Garden), a huge hit by the late French legend Henri Salvador, and the single "La Vénus du mélo" are simplicity personified. The soft Latin percussion provides a subtle and complimentary backdrop.
Also check the piano-drizzled "Sait-On Jamais", the nostalgic "Les Vacances au Bord De La Mer" and the atmospheric "Mi Amor", with some fantastic sax playing by Tomlinson.
Stacey's crystal-clear vocals bring to mind the style of Blossom Dearie, Italian/American Rossana Casale and Norway Siljee Nergaard.
The album "might dislodge some of those who've discovered Kent through her recent work with lyricists such as the novelist Kazuo Ishiguro...Enraptured club punters who cry "you're beautiful" are likely to go even weaker at the knees now the fragrances of French on songs such as Mon Amour are added to Kent's trademark intimacy...Searchers for edginess needn't look here, but for Kent's big fanclub, it'll be just perfect". - John Fordham
"The little-girl-lost voice and sibiliant esses that so irritate Stacey Kent listeners in Britain are 'de rigueur' in France, where her albums sell like gâteaux chaudes..... Stacey, no slouch in business matters, has responded by learning French well enough to sing it. Backed by her regular quartet, featuring the arrangements and saxophones of husband Jim Tomlinson, plus guest guitarist John Parricelli, she gives a dozen chansons a conversational intimacy which actually rather suits them. Recommended if you don't mind the word "nuit" to be pronounced "nu-wheesch". - Jack Massarik
"Given how harmless, accessible and inoffensive her music is, it's amazing that US-born, British-based vocalist Stacey Kent can provoke strong feelings in jazz fans, many of whom object to her cool breeziness and upbeat, angst-free singing.
This new collection, which pays homage to her mutual love affair with the French (it's sung entirely en Français), will reinforce the divide between those pro-Kent and against as it's all simple, airy, pretty, gentle and atmospheric". - Alison Kerr
This 12-track and 48-minutes album will appeal especially to those that enjoyed the beautiful album "The Lyric featuring Stacey Kent", where Stacey and Jim Tomlinson display a very sensitive touch on the ballads.
Every track is enjoyable, pretty, innocuous and easy to listen to, even if you do not speak or understand French.
Overall "Raconte-Moi" is a very pleasant release.
This is a good album, delivering a little something for everyone.
Excellent swinging jazz/pop out of France, that grooves in a relaxed vein and grows on you after a few spins.
So, is it French Pop or Jazz?
It's a pleasant, 'chilled-out' cocktail of both.
Quite simply, a loungy delight and an album that is uniquely nostalgic and contemporary.
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I don't speak French (except for a few popular phrases), but I do love this latest offering, "Raconte-moi..." ("Tell Me..."), from Stacey Kent, one of my favorite singers who belong to the list of "A Dozen Modern-Day Divas" in my book of jazz. I bought two copies last June 13 for myself and for my sister who took French lessons from one of her French-speaking-patients who also provided her with instructional discs and some French music CDs. As a result, my sister can speak French and can also sing a few French songs by heart.
I have been listening to this CD since I received it and been enjoying it. I'm singing along and trying to memorize the lyrics of "C'est Le Printemps." I was originally going to buy one copy for my sister as part of my presents for her birthday next month, but when I heard track seven from the snippets, I easily recognized one of Rodgers and Hammerstein's gems, "It Might As Well Be Spring." I thought: "I must have this CD!" And so I ordered one for myself too! This favorite track of mine made it a five-star-affair and a CD to treasure and enjoy forever! The lovely guitar accompaniment by John Parriceli as well as its cool and breezy arrangement by Jim Tomlinson is so pleasing to my ears. I simply love listening to it with a few repeats.
Also recognizable to my ears is the first track, "Les Eaux De Mars" which is adapted from one of Antonio Carlos Jobim's well-known Brazilian staples, "Aguas De Marco," most popularly known as "Waters of March." It is also a track to beguile your ears with. Another beautiful track is "Jardin d'Hiver," which is not new to me. Stacey Kent has already recorded this song before in The Lyric, but it's so nice to revisit and enjoy listening to it again.
Supporting Ms. Kent on this album is a line-up of incredible musicians who play their respective instruments with mastery and skillfulness: Jim Tomlinson (soprano/tenor/baritone sax, clarinet), Graham Harvey (piano and Fender Rhodes), John Parriceli (guitar), Jeremy Brown (double bass) and Matt Skelton (drums, percussion).
This is a lovely CD recording-wise, but my only minor protest is that it should have an English translation on Liner Notes written by Jake Lamar. Paging Jim Tomlinson and Token Productions!
This one's for you, ma belle soeur! Happy Listening!
This CD also includes Opendisc software that leads the listener to a Web site for additional exclusive content when the disc is inserted into the optical drive of a computer. The primary feature is a 23-minute video documentary about the album. Stacey speaks French throughout, and English subtitles are provided. One can also download English liner notes as a PDF file from that Web site. Note that the CD booklet itself includes no English liner notes and no lyrics (not even in French), which surprised me a little. I found the separately downloadable English liner notes to be helpful to appreciate Stacey's connections to France through her close relationship with her paternal grandfather, who lived in France for about 20 years. There is also helpful background on the songs and their composers.
In short, this is an album that Stacey Kent fans will likely want to acquire, whether they understand French or not.