Various Artists

Chansons Françaises, Vol. 2

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Showcasing 20 years of French pop music, Chansons Francaises, Vol. 2 is an engaging collection of songs that illustrate the evolution of the genre. From the classic rock of Michel Fugain to the smooth new wave of Julie Pietri to the offbeat percussion-heavy sounds of Joelle Ursull, this jumps from decade to decade to point out the similarities and the differences between these various times in French pop. Some of the music here is very dated and loses much of its original power because of it. But this makes an interesting curiosity if nothing else, and should be checked out by anyone who wants to hear what France was producing during the days of disco, new wave, and hair metal.

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