by Françoise Hardy


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French teen idol and pop icon Françoise Hardy returned to record shelves in 2006 with Parenthèses, a collection of 12 duets. Longtime collaborators like Henri Salvador and husband Jacques Dutronc join some up-and-comers to offer up a slew of some of Hardy's favorites. Among the selections, the intimate and lilting duet with Dutronc, the eerie "My Beautiful Demon" with Ben Christophers and "Le Fou de la Reine" (with the perpetually smooth Henri Salvador) are highlights. Keeping production tricks and mixing slick-ery to a tasteful minimum, Hardy manages to capture quite a bit of the magic that made earlier efforts (like 1971's Question) so uncluttered and engaging. Even Julio Iglesias seems to get into the groove, turning in a fine rendition of Dutronc's aching "Partir Quand Même..." that's neither flashy nor overtly sexy -- just comfortable -- and that's a good overall description of the album as well.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/28/2006
Label: Caroline
UPC: 0094635040227
catalogNumber: 50402
Rank: 78095

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Françoise Hardy   Primary Artist
Khalil Chahine   Acoustic Guitar,Bandoneon
André Ceccarelli   Drums
Eric Benzi   Guitar,Ukulele,Clavier
Nicolas Fiszman   Basse
Laurent Vernerey   Basse
Alain Lubrano   Guitar,Piano,Choeurs
Gildas Arzel   Guitar
Rodolphe Burger   Guitar,Clavier
Michel Coeuriot   Piano
Laurent Faucheux   Drums
Patrick Goraguer   Drums
Thomas Dutronc   Acoustic Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Soloist
Christophe Wallemme   Contrabass (Vocal)
Anne Gravolin   Violone
Mathilde Sternat   Cello
Benjamin Biolay   Guitar
Regis Ceccarelli   Drums
Thomas Coeuriot   Acoustic Guitar
Bernard Viguie   Basse
Diego Imbert   Contrabass (Vocal)
Hélène Grimaud   Track Performer
Stéphane Chandelier   Drums
Severine Chavrier   Piano
Vincent Debruyine   Alto
Frédéric Delestré   Drums
Arnaud Dieterlen   Drums
Daniel Jea   Guitar
Mathias Tranchant   Violone
Margot Vignat   Choeurs

Technical Credits

Johannes Brahms   Composer
Khalil Chahine   Arranger
Françoise Hardy   Composer,Adaptation
Charles Trénet   Composer
Jacques Higelin   Composer
Eric Benzi   Arranger,Programming
Hubert Salou   Engineer
Michel Fugain   Composer
Jacques Dutronc   Composer
Celmar Engel   Programming
Didier Lozahic   Engineer
Alain Lubrano   Composer
Sylvain Papiri   Engineer
Henri Salvador   Composer
Gildas Lointier   Engineer
Brigitte Fontaine   Composer
Bénédicte Schmitt   Engineer
Ben Christophers   Composer
Benjamin Biolay   Composer
Louis Poterat   Adaptation
Jacques Lanzmann   Composer
Lionel Pierres   Programming
Jean Claude Vareille   Engineer

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