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Album Review

French pop composer extraordinaire Laurent Voulzy revists the music that influenced him on La Septième Vague. The nostalgic title track is the album's only original, but it is surrounded by covers of mostly '60s-era tunes, whether they be from French or American sources. Highlights include fine readings of Charles Trénet's "La Piano de la Plage," and Pierra Barouh and Francis Lai's "A Bicyclette," as well as Paul Simon's "59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)" and Robert Freeman's "Do You Wanna Dance." The realy oddity here is a deft interpetation of Sade's "Smooth Operator," that sounds like it could have been recorded during the original Saravah era.

Biography

Born: December 18, 1948 in Paris, France

Genre: French Pop

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Despite a slim recorded output -- roughly one LP per decade on average -- Laurent Voulzy emerged as one of the most successful and acclaimed composers in contemporary French pop; often working in tandem with longtime collaborator Alain Souchon, his obsessive attention to studio detail was instrumental in shaping the sophisticated melodies and rich arrangements that are the signatures of his work. Born in Paris on December 18, 1945, Voulzy spent much of his childhood in Nogent-sur-Marne, as a child...
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