Putumayo, purveyor of international mix CDs, has come out with a new French title: Vintage France. Because my recent visit with students did nothing to assuage my immense soif for all things French, I thought this CD might be just what I needed. It’s a compilation of old standbys on the chanson francaise scène. But it’s the mix of new voices, like American chanteuse Madeleine Peyroux, singing those standards, like “La Javanaise,” that makes this a CD I know I’ll pop into my player over and over again. Several names were new to me, even though I knew the songs, Patrick Nugier, Martijn Luttmer, Daniel Roure, Francesa Blanchard, among them. While nothing on the album stands out as truly memorable, it’s the perfect background CD to a leisurely weekend petit déjeuner. You won’t be able to help humming along.
Today’s phrase is the title of one of the songs, “Sous le ciel de Paris” (sue luh seeL duh pairE) means “under the Paris sky.” Even though it is sometimes rainy under the Paris sky, it’s always a beautiful place to me. This CD will help transport you there, with no jetlag.
- Madeleine Peyroux: “I’m very excited to be able to sing today” (cbsnews.com)
- Madeleine Peyroux: Downbeat doyenne of New York and Paris (telegraph.co.uk)
- Madeleine Peyroux Busks Her Way To Old Town School (chicagoist.com)
- Various Artists: Putumayo Presents Vintage France (Capsule Reviews) (popmatters.com)
- Review: Madeleine Peyroux tackles Ray Charles (denverpost.com)