Album: Jean-Claude Vannier, Roses Rouge Sang (Finders Keepers)
Sunday 23 October 2011
RRS is the first solo album in 20 years from Gainsbourg collaborator Vannier, and it's unapologetically vintage in its loose, louche orchestral jazz-funk-rock sound.
Created with veterans of his 1970s sessions, it's immensely filmic: a Wim Wenders soundtrack manqué, perhaps (one theme being the despair of angels in a senseless world). And, throughout, Vannier's half-spoken vocals manage to sound simultaneously weary and surprised. It's quite a trick, but the 67-year-old's had plenty of practice.
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