12 Songs, 31 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

For those of us in the American market, the music of Francoise Hardy conveys its beauty without the literal affections of English-speaking singer-songwriters. Hardy has done a fair share of recording in English, but there is minimal difference. Hardy’s voice is what one thinks of when imagining Parisian pop. Her voice is beautifully even-tempered with a touch of melancholia as the songs do prefer that lovers depart. The arrangements are tasteful, yet wonderfully ornate, with strings and flutes orchestrating the rainy landscapes. The title track is a sweet melody common to female singers of the era. For many reasons, Marianne Faithfull was considered Hardy’s British counterpart. For 1967, the album is also influenced to a mild degree by the art-song construction of Judy Collins’ mid-‘60s work. However, with only “Il est trop loin” coming near the four-minute mark, most of Hardy’s tunes are aimed at the compact beauty of the pop song. “La fin de l’été,” “En vous aimant bien” and “Voilà” are just about perfect.

EDITORS’ NOTES

For those of us in the American market, the music of Francoise Hardy conveys its beauty without the literal affections of English-speaking singer-songwriters. Hardy has done a fair share of recording in English, but there is minimal difference. Hardy’s voice is what one thinks of when imagining Parisian pop. Her voice is beautifully even-tempered with a touch of melancholia as the songs do prefer that lovers depart. The arrangements are tasteful, yet wonderfully ornate, with strings and flutes orchestrating the rainy landscapes. The title track is a sweet melody common to female singers of the era. For many reasons, Marianne Faithfull was considered Hardy’s British counterpart. For 1967, the album is also influenced to a mild degree by the art-song construction of Judy Collins’ mid-‘60s work. However, with only “Il est trop loin” coming near the four-minute mark, most of Hardy’s tunes are aimed at the compact beauty of the pop song. “La fin de l’été,” “En vous aimant bien” and “Voilà” are just about perfect.

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