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+ Tim Hecker - Harmony In Ultraviolet
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+ Jarvis Cocker - The Jarvis Cocker Record
+ Múm - Peel Session
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+ Badly Drawn Boy - Born In The U.K.
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+ The Decemberists - The Crane Wife
+ Junior Boys - So This Is Goodbye
+ Various Artists - Musics In The Margin
+ Rafael Toral - Space
+ Bob Dylan - Modern Times
+ Excepter - Alternation
+ Chris Thile - How To Grow A Woman From The Ground
+ Brad Mehldau - Live in Japan
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+ Various Artists - Touch 25
+ The Mountain Goats - Get Lonely
+ The White Birch - Come Up For Air
+ Camera Obscura - Let's Get Out of This Country
+ Coachwhips - Double Death
+ Various Artists - Tibetan And Bhutanese Instrumental And Folk Music, Volume 2
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+ Cex - Actual Fucking
+ Sufjan Stevens - The Avalanche
+ Leafcutter John - The Forest And The Sea
+ Carla Bozulich - Evangelista
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+ Peaches - Impeach My Bush
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+ Klee - Honeysuckle
+ The Court & Spark - Hearts
+ TV On The Radio - Return To Cookie Mountain
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+ Jenny Wilson - Love And Youth
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+ The Moore Brothers - Murdered By The Moore Brothers
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+ The Glass Family - Sleep Inside This Wheel
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+ The Fiery Furnaces - Bitter Tea
+ Motorpsycho - Black Hole/Blank Canvas
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Vingt À Trente Mille Jours
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With the help of wildly popular French-pop beau Dominique A, purring chanteuse Françoiz Breut breathes life back into the chanson, her pretty, moody, downbeat, beautifully-recorded record steeped in the history of the French songwriting tradition, with Breut's deep-and-crooning voice dexterously delivering songs flushed with a surfeit of syllables, songs telling dramas and melodrams of grand poetry and choice emotion. That said, while it's schooled in tradition, Vingt À Trente Mille Jours is a notably contemporary outing, A's dark and cinematic torch songs having more in common with the recent romanticism of Polly Harvey or Tindersticks than with classic Aznavour or Brel orchestrations. The majority of the set is penned by A, spaced out with only a couple of choice covers: a beautiful version of Peggy Lee's "Sans Souci," and a duet on "La Chanson D'Hélène" (well known for its prominent placement in Claude Sautet's Romy Schneider-starring "Les Choses de la Vie") that features the masculine murmurs of Joey Burns from Calexico. His appearance is notable, in that Vingt À Trente Mille Jours often favors a lilting country twang amidst its Gallic, gothic orchestrations, and this recalls some of the prettier dusty, dusky moods sketched by Burns' other band, Giant Sand.


by Anthony Carew




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