Vanessa Paradis [Bonus Track]

Vanessa Paradis [Bonus Track]

by Vanessa Paradis


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French pop star (and significant other of Johnny Depp) Vanessa Paradis recorded her English-language debut record in 1991; the self-titled disc was a bit of a flop commercially, but, surprisingly, succeeds artistically. Producer Lenny Kravitz gives Vanessa Paradis some of his best songs and she really can carry a tune with her breathy little-girl vocals. The highlights of the record are many, but the songs that will have you smiling like a fool at the sheer poptasticness of it all are the gliding funk with orchestra of "Natural High"; the strutting girl group of "Be My Baby"; the sweet-as-sugar sunshine pop of "Sunday Mondays"; the psych-soul of "Your Love Has Got a Handle on My Mind" (which features Paradis' most assured vocal and a nice background assist from Kravitz); and the sweet soul of "Just as Long as You Are There." Even her cover of the Velvet Underground's "I'm Waiting for the Man" works wonders. It really shouldn't, but the propulsive beat and Paradis' sexy vocals somehow do the trick. The only song that falls flat is the autumnal folk of "Silver and Gold," as the ultra-serious lyrics and tone are painfully out of step with the glitter and groove of the rest of the record. Kravitz should be praised for his wonderful production. He rarely makes a wrong move and provides wonderful settings for Paradis to shine. It is too bad they didn't make more records together. Johnny Depp's gain is pop music's loss. Odds are there will never be a deluxe reissue (sadly), so you will have to seek this out in used stores and bargain bins. [Polydor's 2000 reissue included one bonus track.]

Product Details

Release Date: 09/22/1992
Label: Polydor Import
UPC: 0731451395420
catalogNumber: 513954
Rank: 62627

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Vanessa Paradis   Primary Artist,Tambourine,Background Vocals
Lenny Kravitz   Bass,Guitar,Chimes,Drums,Tambourine,Vocals,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Mellotron,fender rhodes,Coral Sitar
B.J. Nelson   Background Vocals
Debbie Cole   Background Vocals
Eric Delente   Violin
James Haines   Trombone
Henry Hirsch   Organ,Bass,Piano,Harpsichord
Michael Hunter   Trumpet
Angie Stone   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
John Whitfield   Strings,Cello
Tony Breit   Bass
Sarah Adams   Viola
Soye Kim   Violin
Allen Whear   Cello
Antoine Rooney   Saxophone
Craig Ross   Guitar

Technical Credits

Lenny Kravitz   Composer,Lyricist,Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements,Arp String Ensemble,Harmonic Arrangement
Lou Reed   Composer,Lyricist
David Domanich   Engineer
Henry Hirsch   Composer,Lyricist,Engineer,String Arrangements
Gerry DeVeaux   Composer,Lyricist
Cholley   Sleeve Design
Huart   Sleeve Design
Craig Ross   Composer
Didier Pain   Executive Producer,Management

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