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Album Review

Not including compilations or live recordings, French singer/songwriter Francis Cabrel has released only 11 studio albums in his three-plus-decade career. This double-disc, 37-track best-of that covers his first three decades is not only representative of his finest work, but an essential showcase for it. The music, from his first hit single "Petite Marie" to the haunting "Je l'Aime à Mourir" and through to his slicker productions in the '80s such as "Said et Mohammed" and the funky blues of "Sarbacane," offers a portrait of the artist as restless and full of experimentation and attitude. The recordings from the '90s and the 21st century, far from reflecting the voice of a more settled songwriter, are more lyrically adventurous and musically precise, as Cabrel pared production back to reflect the organic nature of his writing. Selections such as "La Corrida," "Elle Dort," and "Vingo a Ofrecer Mi Corazón," a duet with Mercedes Sosa, reflect this shift. There are three live cuts included here, as well as a couple of soundtrack selections. In all, Essentiel 1977-2007 is a fitting representation of some of Cabrel's best work as well as an excellent introduction for those just encountering it.

Customer Reviews

des roses et des orties

Quel bonheur vrai, tranquille, travaillé au ciseau que cet album tant attendu et que je bois à petites gorgées comme on déguste un bon vin, tranquillement et en bonne compagnie. Encore un cadeau que nous fait l'artiste, dire que tout y est beau, lumineux, éclairé est une bien pietre critique, je l'écoute en boucle, découvrant les textes et les mélodies avec délectation, ce n'est pas un album de plus que l'on achete, c'est un cadeau qu'il nous fait, que l'on se fait

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F. CABREL un véritable poète, bon musicien, un artiste complet

Des Cabrel comme Francis, il en faudrait beaucoup dans la chanson française, mais il n'y en a qu'un. J'admire son talent et je l'écoute souvent. Tout est bon chez lui, il n'y a rien à jeter ! Sur une ile déserte on peut tout l'emporter !


Genre: French Pop

Varied as it is, the music of Francis Cabrel never strays far from his basic songwriting tools: the acoustic guitar and gentle reflections on life. His clear voice and clean guitar are ever the focus of his songs. Around this core he weaves contemporary folk, blues rock, French pop, smooth jazz, and even classical sounds. His lyrics have received much attention among French-speaking audiences and critics, and his albums sell well in those circles. His style has also sparked a revival of interest...
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