Keren Ann

Keren Ann
KEREN ANN
"Keren Ann"

Keren Ann is one of the most extraordinary musicians that France has produced in recent years. Typical french is on her new album nevertheless virtually nothing. In any case, the 33-year-old singer-songwriter who composes her songs either on the piano or on the guitar, innately cosmopolitan. The daughter of a Russian-born Israeli and Dutch with Indonesian roots grew up in Paris and made from there in 2000 beyond France furore. Her artistic liaison with Benjamin Biolay also made headlines in this country. Already speculated it a dream couple of the caliber Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin, eventually had Keren Ann and Biolay that year not only the grand master Henri Salvador bestowed an award-winning comeback, but Keren Ann also the more than promising debut album "La biographie de Luka Philipsen" , The liaison was short lived - and while Benjamin Biolay is following in the footsteps of Serge Gainsbourg in a sense, Keren Ann has now in New York a second pillar and the published two years ago album "Nolita" has a clever bridge between the Chanson Bohème the French and the folk from Greenwich Village beaten.

Even with their fifth studio solo album is expected Keren Ann critics stimulate re cheering arias. "Bilinguals, chamber music Pop, acting as if the Sixties chanteuse Françoise Hardy ballads whisper from the first album of Velvet Underground," the Rolling Stone on "Nolita", can not be expected in the new Opus however. As on their album "Not Going Anywhere" (2003) sings Keren Ann again exclusively English. In addition, they now seem to be finally arrived in the New World artistic. "Keren Ann", which is a fascinating song cycle, which forms up to nine images of an exhibition, in which one can immerse oneself and in one discovers always new facets. Nine songs any finest for a prime example songwriting and to arrange with a meticulousness that betray the perfectionist. The studio was time to a real laboratory. "One of the greatest challenges today is for me everything that has to do with the sound and the mix", Keren Ann replied rather frankly, just as if they knew exactly that it can leave other people like to, their extraordinary talent to boast as a composer. The rude drafts of the songs has the restless artist develops with the doe eyes in Iceland and in Israel, in Los Angeles, Paris and New York. To reach the result desired by it, and even boost their songs with atmosphere with grandeur, she has with Joe Barresi (Tool, Queens Of The Stone Age, Alanis Morissette) an engineer involved, whose work it values ​​immensely. "It's really hard to make it sound a song well only with guitar and voice," said Keren Ann. "I wanted it, this time not completely dispense, but I also wanted my Disneyland, with choirs and strings and all the other fun percussion ideas. I have taken each sound element and pushed back and forth. Clearly, this does have something of onomatopoeia. "

The nine sound paintings on "Keren Ann" may be primarily borne by Keren Ann's voice that was not quite so cool and mellow acts as before, but has gained warmth and openness. But the shimmering layers and surprising twists that characterize each song, deserve closer examination, they are nevertheless often interwoven with references to pretty female colleague. Who does not think the opener "It's All A Lie" to Mazzy Star, that band to the stellar singer Hope Sandoval, whose few albums are dearly loved by many people. Keren Ann's love for Velvet Underground again, who had since introduced her already numerous comparisons with Nico, is even more clearly, be it in the brilliant sparkling folk gem "Lay Your Head Down" or in the epic pop mantra "Between The Flatland And The Caspian Sea ". In "The Harder Ships Of The World" turn the Weltschmerz of Piaf meets the essential grimacing the Cowboy Junkies. Of course, all of these are only possible associations. "In Your Back" would sound even without the existence of Portishead, and not otherwise. The fact is that Keren Ann has never ascended so heavy guns as in sluggish Rockmonstrum "It Is not A Crime" where her voice also still distorted sounds from the vocoder. In contrast, the following "Where No Endings End" acts as a chamber music Intermezzo including spaghetti western guitar. Perhaps the centerpiece of the album "Liberty" because Keren Ann has taken time all freedom you must give an artistic free spirit of their caliber, to arrive at such a satisfactory result. A gigantic album. Give her five!
April 2007

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