We're crazy for Calogero....
Today saw the release of Calogero's 4th studio CD, the strangely titled "Pomme C". First impressions? Well here are my random thoughts which I want to share following my very first hearing of it (ok not the full thing, just the 30 sec clips off the indispensable FNAC website :-) )
1. Pomme C - a dramatic opening, Calo's vocals almost operatic here on the chorus.
2. Le Saut de L'Ange - first single, safe choice although lacks the memorable hooks of such classics as "Yalla" and "Face A La Mer".
3. Game Over - an English title for a French song with an electronic rock beat.
4. Suis-Je Assez Clair? - Maximum dramatic vocals. Fans of Keane would also enjoy the music of Calogero as he has a similar soaring voice to Tom Chaplin.
5. Drole D'Animal - slowing down the pace here, another pleasant number.
6. Me Dit-Elle - Calo rocking out again on this one. The whole feel of the album is more rocky and might take a wee bit more getting used to, but it's hard to tell on only 30 second clips.
7. Sans L'Amour - The heavier sound continues here.
8. Danser Encore - He is taking more chances vocally here, although it's a little cheesy with its waltzing rhythm.
9. Melodies En Sous-Sol - Yet more chiming guitars and pianos again. He's definitely been listening to Keane!!
10. Je Sais - Acoustic flavoured slowie and deliciously sensitive vocals. Really want to hear this one all the way through.
11. Hypocondriaque - A big anthemic finish, the backing track reminds me of ELO !!
I will post a full review when the CD arrives at EuropeCrazy HQ. Calogero's music generally doesn't always grab you on first hearing and you need to hear some of his songs a few times but I guarantee you will be well rewarded for your patience.
Au Milieu des Autres (2000)
Calogero (L'Album) (2002)
Live 1.0 (2005)
Pomme C (2007)
10 Calogero songs we can't live without:
1. En Apesanteur
2. Face A La Mer
3. Prendre Racine
4. Des Cendres et de Terre
5. Il Bat
6. Safe Sex
8. Tien An Men
10. Si Seulement Je Pouvais Lui Manquer