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Album Review

The 28-year-old French-Canadian singer, songwriter, and cellist Jorane is no stranger to the recording studio; she has several solo albums to her credit and wrote soundtrack music for a number of films, including Unfaithful. But since all of her previous work has been written in French, her albums have mostly stayed north of the U.S. marketplace. The You and the Now, her first stateside release, finds her singing mostly in English and collaborating with such well-respected artists as Daniel Lanois and Michael Brook, while performing songs co-written with Lisa Germano and Simon Wilcox, among others. The mood is by turns downcast ("Fragile," "Blue Planet") and seductive (a brilliant cover of the disco classic "I Feel Love," the heart-stoppingly sexy "Pour ton sourire"), and the tempos stay within the stately to slinky range, rarely involving anything like a funky beat or even an overt percussion part. At her best, Jorane pulls you out of yourself and sets you floating in a multi-layered musical cloud formation; at her not so best, like the rather self-indulgent "Am I the Sky," she sounds like she's maybe just a bit too full of herself. Highly recommended overall.

Customer Reviews

Great for English speakers!

This is her English album, and it's as lovely as her others. This is a great introduction to the music of Jorane.

J'adore Jorane

This was my first exposure to Jorane, en anglais, rather than in her native French. I love this album: her voice, her cello-playing, and her lyrics. Her own work in French and English is lush and lovely, but she does at least one cover on this album--an unexpected, exotic, sensuous version of Donna Summer's "I Feel Love." So many cover versions never bring anything new to the original. Not Jorane though--she makes it unique and makes it her own. It's a good sample of her talent--but I'd recommend exploring the entire album and many of her French songs, such as "Por ton sourire" and "Arrivé à," among others.

Biography

Born: 1975 in Quebec, Canada

Genre: French Pop

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Having made a name for herself by being one of the very few -- if not only -- pop cellists who sings while she bows, Jorane (born Johanne Pelletier in 1975) released her first album, Vent Fou, in 1999 and would eventually play stages all over the world. She followed up her debut in 2001 with 16mm, which led to a live recording of her performance at the Montreal Spectrum as part of the Montreal International Jazz Festival. In 2004, Jorane embarked on the two-part release Evapore and The You and the...
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