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Album Review

Balavoine is an 18-track compilation covering his brief but intense career before an untimely death in a helicopter crash in Mali in 1986. Contained here is his first semi-hit, "Lady Marlène," as well as his more mature work, evidenced best by the track "Dieu Que l'Amour Est Triste." This is an excellent introduction to an artist who ruled the French pop scene for a very brief period, but made a lasting impact; his influence looms large in 21st century French popular music.


Born: 05 February 1952 in Alençon

Genre: French Pop

Years Active: '70s, '80s

Ill-fated, fragile, yet rebellious, Daniel Balavoine, to a certain extent, might be considered as the ultimate young herald of '80s French pop. His vocal technical skills (his high-pitched voice is highly recognizable) and emotional quality have earned him the notice of Michel Berger, for the musical Starmania. Musically aware of the changes of pop music going on outside of France's borders, Balavoine has been one of the few French songwriters able to live with his own time, breaking down doors and...
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