Françoise Hardy 'Entracte' LP
180 gram vinyl, 2016 remaster.
French icon Françoise Hardy first displayed her breathy, measured vocals in the early and mid-'60s. Immensely popular in her native country, her career spans five decades.
Newly remastered, Entr’acte is a buried treasure of her catalogue. Originally released in 1974, Entr'Acte has a charming folk rock melody throughout. The opening track, Ce Soir, comes at you with a bluesy 70s riff as Francoise contemplates her impending date with a man she "wants to please" but knows she will be "ill at ease." The chorus is strong and heartfelt with Francoise swerving around the notes with her sultry voice. Another great track from the album is "Je N'Aime Pas Ce Qu'il Dit" (I Don't Like What He Says), which is a semiautobiographical response to the infidelity of her then lover and future husband. It begins with a disarmingly simple folk driven melody but quickly develops into a richly orchestrated and interesting piece of work. As with the opener, Francoise shines out vocally, grooving like a world-wise and understated Janis Joplin. As the singer explains herself, the album was like a cathartic journal entry that, once recorded, never needed any more of her attention.
Catalogue number: 0190295993474
Label: Warner Music France