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TEXAFRANCE - ENCORE!
- by Kerry Dexter
August/September 2003 #107
Christine Albert / Texafrance-Encore!
"Christine Albert does a fine job of
blending her southwestern singer/songwriter interests with her family’s
native roots in France and Switzerland on her second recording exploring
these connections (the first one, Texafrance, was released in 1992). She
sings in an expressive soprano with just enough twang to make the
Cajun/Texas flavor evident and just enough crispness to inhabit
effectively the more Parisian of the tunes she chooses. It’s a mixed
bag of music, from the familiar "Mademoiselle de Paris" and
jazz master Stephane Grapelli’s lively "CouCou" to the
18th-century ballad-turned-folk-song "Plasir d’Amour." Each
of the dozen cuts is worth listening to, but her most memorable choices
are two more contemporary tunes, Rickie Lee Jones’ light-as-air "Jolie
Jolie" and Daniel Lanois’ bayou-tinged "Under a Cloudy
Sky." The project was produced by Albert’s oft times duet partner
Chris Gage, who adds back vocal, keyboards, guitar and accordion to many
of the tracks. Austin fiddler Eamon McLoughlin’s touch of spice is
especially welcome on "Under a Cloudy Sky," while Paul Glasse’s
mandolin illuminates the "CouCou" and "J’Attendrai."
- Kerry Dexter