by Tiana Feng
Release Date: January 29, 2013
Label: Outside Music
Picture an old black and white French movie in the 50’s. The style of Jill Barber’s Chansons would be the perfect soundtrack.
In her sixth effort, Jill Barber goes completely francophone and not just in the lyrics. Musically it sounds like an imaginary walk through Paris. Embracing the classic song (hence Chansons), accordions, violins decorate Barber’s sultry voice and jazzy style. Her words (and a few melodies) borrow from French classics like Edith Piaf, Serge Gainsbourg and Raymond Levesque.
Though Chansons sounds like it should be a French classic, Jill’s love for French was actually a newfound thing. However she sounds a natural in every song, from the teasing “Je Cherche Un Homme” (I’m Looking for a Man) and gives away to the moody “Melancholie”. It’s like she had been singing in French her whole life. Just listen to the way she rolls her r’s in “En septembre souls la pluie”, which I can’t even do as a French fluent person.
After listening to this album I have the strangest urge to watch the movie Amelie.