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Alain Bashung, L'Imprudence

posted by Emmanuel on 12.11.14 14:47 in Music Reviews Print  

Alain Bashung experienced fame and all its excesses, all of which give a blend of extreme assurance and doubts, without which L'Imprudence would never have been possible. It is a rare example of a pop-rock star going into an experimental process (which is also hinted at in the title of the record), and providing a fantastic piece of art, in which the laboratory is not hidden, but exposed for what it is: a fragile tension between structure and dissolution, thanks to the collaborative blind performance.

At times the art of pop-music brings back memories of the art of perfume. It may call for quite an amount of raw material to reach the tightest result. Text, arrangements, combinations: it takes a lot of wandering around, erasing, editing, synthesizing; a real distillation of a process. Not that the product is evanescent though. More of a mingled core whose consistency makes you turn over on someone's trail, and think about the fleetingness of time.


For, it is not meant to last. It usually relies on the fluctuations of the Top 40. And, once again, it takes a lot of albums to make a trend, of which only a few will stand the test of time. When it is not danceable, its usual adolescent existentialism might only serve its listeners transitionally. How many synthpop or grunge LPs are still considered as standouts?



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Dave 12.11.14 17:47
posted by: Dave

Educational, Emmanuel! I've had a listen through, and it's a great album (just wish I could understand the lyrics) - but even without comprehension, it *sounds* excellent. Huzzah!

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