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TEXAFRANCE - ENCORE!
New Texas Magazine
by Lynne Thompson
Christine Albert / Texafrance-Encore!
"Christine Albert, local vocalist and
guitar-playing legend, has released TexaFrance-Encore! (MoonHouse
Records) – a collection of romantic French songs and ballads delivered
in Christine’s emotive and charming voice. Produced by Chris Gage,
Albert’s partner on and off stage, TexaFrance-Encore! shows off
Christine’s angelic voice and Chris’s multi-instrumental and vocal
talent. Together, their musical passion and performance creates an
TexaFrance-Encore! travels the
entire range of both artist’s talents – from Christine’s mastery
of the French torch songs from her musical heritage, to the country,
blues, folk, and rock that both Christine and Chris cut their teeth on
– this release proves again they are an unstoppable musical force. The
blending of Albert’s and Gage’s voices is so smooth and harmonious
that it sometimes sounds as if there is another voice with them. Musical
magic happens as Christine switches from French to English in these
irresistible songs, and Chris switches effortlessly between piano,
guitar and accordion as he sings with her.
Fans will recognize La Mer / Beyond
the Sea as the familiar French tune celebrating the hopeful
realization of love sailing into the arms of the expectant singer. A
crisp clarinet, played by Mike Austin, lends a lot of European flair to
the piano played by Chris Gage, and the guitar played by Olivier Giraud.
Paul Glasse’s mandolin answers
Christine’s playful voice in Coucou. Under a Stormy Sky
has a definite country-western sound made all the more appealing when
accompanied by Eamon McLoughlin’s violin and Chris Gage’s guitar.
A sequel to Albert’s 1992 release, TexaFrance,
TexaFrance-Encore! is a musical and romantic tribute to Christine
Albert’s and Chris Gage’s sizeable and truly enjoyable talent."