RELEASE
1968
LABEL
Import
GENRES
Pop/Rock, French Pop, Vocal Pop, AM Pop

Album Review

Claudine Longet's third album continues the middle-of-the-road tendencies of her first two, leading off with an oddly jaunty reinterpretation of "Falling in Love Again," Marlene Dietrich's theme song, whose jaded world-weariness Longet replaces with her own pleasantly insubstantial persona. With its cinematic background noise staging and odd ragtime piano accents, it recalls Harpers Bizarre's playful deconstruction of pre-rock standards. More successful are the straightforward bilingual version of the title track, one of the evergreen tunes of '60s easy listening; the oft-recorded Alan Gordon and Gary Bonner sunshine pop tune "Small Talk"; and a mournful, skeletal version of Randy Newman's little-known early tune "Snow" that's among Longet's finest interpretations of her career. Even better is Longet's take on the Bee Gees standard "Holiday"; Longet's endearingly pitch-poor, lispy vocals are tailor-made for this spooky, unconventional song, which arranger Nick DeCaro gives a suitably off-kilter arrangement featuring a chorus of wordless Longets between the strings and the increasingly florid piano accompaniment. Longet's next album, the masterful Colours, would benefit from even more of this gently psychedelic experimentation.
Stewart Mason, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Falling in Love Again [From the Blue Angel]
  2. Happy Talk
  3. Love Is Blue [L'amour Est Bleu]
  4. Holiday
  5. Dindi (Jin-Jee)
  6. Who Needs You
  7. When I Look in Your Eyes [From Doctor Doolittle]
  8. Walk in the Park
  9. Small Talk
  10. Snow
  11. It's Hard to Say Goodbye