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Album Review

Having created quite an impact in her native France, the Nouvelle Vague singer uses a concept on her second solo outing — Le Fil, or the thread, a drone that runs throughout the disc (and, just to emphasize, runs for about 30 minutes at the end if you don't turn the CD off). She won a couple of French awards with this disc, and it's easy to see why. It's quite adventurous, a journey for voice that moves outside the box. And yet, not as far as many people think. All too often the melodic underpinnings of her songs are quite predictable, and within a standard frame. When she does move outside that (as on the recurring "Janine" pieces or "Senza"), there's a real sense of daring, rather than playing, about this disc. Camille has been compared to Björk, but that's not right; she doesn't inhabit the same childlike alternative universe. Relatively speaking, Camille has her feet planted firmly on the ground. And, if you look at the two of them together, the French singer's sense of wonder seems a product of calculation rather than natural naïveté. That's not to say this is a bad, or even mediocre, album. It's not. It's good, at times even better than that. But at this stage she's definitely not the finished product, by any means. Where she goes next will perhaps say a lot more about her music that this record does.

Customer Reviews

Her songs are so creative

Her songs touch my heart. Such talent singer and writer!

She needs an American Audience

She’s asa avant garde as Bjork, has the voice of an Angel like Kate Bush, and her writing covers every emotion. My very favorite French discovery…She uses her voice and a beat box primarily….Bucket List before I die…must see her perform live..and by the way this is probably my favorite of her CD's

I'm in love with this album!

I first heard the song au port in my French class and I asked my French teacher what her album was called and he told me Le Fil so I am now addicted to her and her music. Her other songs on here are just as good.


Born: 1978 in Paris, France

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s

French pop chanteuse Camille attracted international attention as a member of the acclaimed Nouvelle Vague before resuming her solo career. Born Camille Dalmais in Paris in 1978, she focused on ballet throughout adolescence while developing a passion for bossa nova and American stage musicals. At 16, she performed an original song, "Un Homme Déserté," at a wedding and from that point forward embraced songwriting, channeling influences including '60s folk and '70s soul. While taking vocal lessons...
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