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Je suis fooouuuu de vooouuuuuussss!

"Love Me, Please Love Me" is the song that introduced me to Michel Polnareff. I strongly disagree with the description above that it is a "low point" on the album. It's an engaging song, as are many of these other songs. It's also the only album I can find that really showcases his earlier stuff.

Il n'a pas raison!

I am not a fan of everything Polnareff sings, but I can tell you that I loved "Love Me, Please Love Me," the first time I heard it in Paris on the radio station Nostalgie. I missed out hearing the title and artist, so it took over a year to track down the song. When I got the CD, I was thrilled. This song has and will retain a 5-star rating in my extensive iTune collection. I am very stingy about the top rating, so this is an exceptionally special song.

The Twain shall Never Meet

I agree with some of the "official" reviewer's gripes, and disagree with others. I, too, dislike Michel's mania for the falsetto, and I agree that this album is something of a hodge-podge of styles, making a straight-thru listen lack coherence. Also, I am not sure why, throughout his career, Michel gave in to what seems like a whim, and sang the occasional song in English. They are generally less appealing than his French songs because, although he eventually spoke English with only a modicum of an accent, you can't help but hear the foreignness, and it detracts from the overall qualities of the song. (Why this should be so is a whole other discussion.)
However, there are sufficient milestones on this album to secure five stars. The reviewer's dislike for "Love Me, Please Love Me" is a reflection of cultural misunderstanding and inability to grasp lingusitic subtleties. The whole point of the song was that it was meant to be something slightly old-fashioned, using romantic phrases and formal language that belonged to generations preceding Michel's, at a time when French youth was rebelling against those very generations. The contrast was stunning: Michel came across as a 19th-century troubadour, elegant and poetic, not a latter-day maudlin romantic. Note that he addresses the woman in the song with the formal "vous," whereas he doesn't do that in any of the other songs on the album, where he uses the simple "tu."
The five stars could go to "L'Amour Avec Toi" alone. It's hard to imagine its impact now. The song criticizes the society for its hypocrisy regarding sex and concludes, "I just want to make love to you," which really means "I just wanna have sex with you." The explicitness was too much for the radio at the time, and the song was banned on many stations. Just a few years earlier, the same fate befell the Rolling Stones song that bore that title (in English).
That said, the song is not merely provocative: it's a gorgeous song. It just happens to be on an album that is now a terrific time capsule.


Born: July 3, 1944 in France

Genre: French Pop

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

Known for his eccentric nature, French pop songwriter Michel Polnareff created a buzz for himself in the early to mid-'60s when his debut single, "La Poupée Qui Fait Non," rocketed to the top of the French charts, but it was his early-'70s release, Polnareff's, that cemented him a place as a legend in French pop. Polnareff was raised in Paris somewhat as a child of the arts, his mother, Simone Lane, being a dancer and his father, Leib Polnareff, a musician who played sideman to many, including Edith...
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