Personnel: Camille (vocals, piano, Wurlitzer piano, percussion, background vocals); Sebastien Martel, Antoine Dijol (guitar); Martin Gamet (contrabassoon, bass instrument, percussion, background vocals); Julien Chirol (trombone); Matthew Ker Alias MaJiker (piano, synthesizer, percussion); Martin Rappeneau (piano); Ruth Brewer (clappers).
Having created quite an impact in her native France, the Nouvelle Vague singer uses a concept on her second solo outing -- Le Fil, or the thread, a drone that runs throughout the disc (and, just to emphasize, runs for about 30 minutes at the end if you don't turn the CD off). She won a couple of French awards with this disc, and it's easy to see why. It's quite adventurous, a journey for voice that moves outside the box. And yet, not as far as many people think. All too often the melodic underpinnings of her songs are quite predictable, and within a standard frame. When she does move outside that (as on the recurring "Janine" pieces or "Senza"), there's a real sense of daring, rather than playing, about this disc. Camille has been compared to Bj”rk, but that's not right; she doesn't inhabit the same childlike alternative universe. Relatively speaking, Camille has her feet planted firmly on the ground. And, if you look at the two of them together, the French singer's sense of wonder seems a product of calculation rather than natural na‹vet‚. That's not to say this is a bad, or even mediocre, album. It's not. It's good, at times even better than that. But at this stage she's definitely not the finished product, by any means. Where she goes next will perhaps say a lot more about her music that this record does. ~ Chris Nickson
Spin (p.83) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "She raps, scats, beatboxes, and sings beautifully over minimalist bass and percussion or her own multitracked voice..."
Q (p.111) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[M]irroring Bjork's Medulla, the bulk of the instrumentation is provided by human voices..."
Global Rhythm (Publication) (p.44) - "Intricately layered vocals mix with keys, beats and her boundless imagination, providing a platform for her thoughts on love, life and the political world."
Camille has been described as being similar to Lori Anderson and Bjork. Only it is all in French, which adds to the attraction of the artist for the English listener.
Full of emotion, passion and sensuality, the music is interconnected by a single sounding tone similar to the 'om'. This has the effect of taking the listener on a transformational journey from track to track.
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