Various Artists

On N'est Pas Là Pour se Faire Engueuler!

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The 39-track double-disc various-artists compilation On N'est Pas Là Pour Se Faire Engueuler! is a tribute album commemorating the 50th anniversary of the death of Boris Vian, a remarkably prolific French writer who dabbled in music in addition to novels, poetry, drama, translation, and more. While Vian's reputation as an all-around talented writer is perhaps better known than his work itself nowadays, On N'est Pas Là Pour Se Faire Engueuler! aims to introduce his music to a younger generation of listeners who weren't around back in the '50s when these songs were originally released. All of Vian's well-known songs are here, most notably "Je Bois" (performed by Katerine), "J'suis Snob" (performed twice, first by Michel Delpech and then by Arielle Dombasle), and "Le Déserteur" (Juliette Gréco). Among the 40 artists who lend their services to On N'est Pas Là Pour Se Faire Engueuler!, there's no shortage of marquee names, from industry veterans like Jane Birkin and Carla Bruni, to up-and-coming stars like Emily Loizeau and Mademoiselle K, to left-of-center icons like -M- and Mathieu Boogaerts. In paying tribute to Vian, these artists put their creativity to work and generally come up with performances that are bizarre in one way or another. This can make On N'est Pas Là Pour Se Faire Engueuler! a frustrating listen for those drawn in by the featured performers rather than the material that they interpret. For sure, there are a lot of French pop stars showcased here, but this material is a world apart from French pop.

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