Brigitte Fontaine

Comme à La Radio

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Featuring Areski Belkacem and Art Ensemble of Chicago, Comme à la Radio is the sophomore album in Brigitte Fontaine’s prolific career. While her debut, Brigitte Fontaine Est...Folle, is a unique take on French chanson, here the Art Ensemble provides the perfect setting for Fontaine’s exploration of free-verse poetry. Often arrhythmic and spoken, her vocals command the same spontaneity and grace that her collaborators applied to their instruments.

The album’s eight-minute title track sets the tone: a sparse bass line keeps time as Fontaine dances around stabs of flute and trumpet. On “Tanka II,” named for a form of concise Japanese poetry, Areski (who provides percussion throughout) plays hand-drums atop flurries of bass as Fontaine coos and whispers pensively, gradually uttering controversial phrases. “L’Été L’Été” centers around a repeated motif with individual lines of high-pitched melody on a bed of muted horns. Each track is its own world, with Fontaine’s incredible range, both in style and substance, acting as the glue between the immense talent involved. The overall effect is chilling, and it is no surprise that Comme à la Radio is often cited as Fontaine’s best known work.

Brigitte Fontaine: Comme à La Radio

Comme A La Radio Brigitte Fontaine
Tanka II Brigitte Fontaine
Le Brouillard Brigitte Fontaine
J'ai 26 Ans Brigitte Fontaine
L'Ete L'Ete Brigitte Fontaine
Encore Brigitte Fontaine
Leo Brigitte Fontaine
Les Petits Chevaux Brigitte Fontaine
Tanka I Brigitte Fontaine
Lettre A Monsieur Le Chef De Garde De La Tour Carol Brigitte Fontaine
Le Goudron Brigitte Fontaine
Le Noir C'Est Mieux Choisi Brigitte Fontaine

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