Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Jacques Brel - Ces gens-là

Jacques Brel is labeled "chanson," which, according to wikipedia, is a "lyric-driven French song," which sounds pretty fuckin vague to me, especially when anything from chanting a poem in a monotone voice to an opera suite can be considered "chanson." Whatever. This is a brilliant fusion of jazz and European pop arrangements with one of the best vocal performances I've ever heard. Brel ranges from angry shouts to stuttered phrases to operatic vibrato to slurping noises to idk what. Basically, Brel was doing Mike Patton before Mike Patton was born. I highly recommend hittin up his performance of the title track live. He's quite the performer. Also, Scott Walker is known to cover Brel tunes quite a bit.


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