Various Artists

Collection Française, Vol. 2 [1 CD]

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Precisely what you would expect from a collection of French music focusing on the latter half of the 20th century, Collection Francaise, Vol. 2 is a very generic compilation of songs. Every performer here is at least known for their activity in French pop music, and honestly they do a pretty good job of including significant artists. But despite all of that, there are still plenty of very important artists who are not present, and the music selection leaves a little to be desired. Many of the songs are simply harmless little pop ditties, instead of representing some of the high points of the genre. There are obvious exceptions to this rule, especially where the Brigitte Bardot songs are concerned, but mostly this is a fairly bland collection. And where is Serge Gainsbourg, Françoise Hardy, Michel Sardou, and countless other musicians who may not have been the focal point of the scene, but were certainly better than Sweet People? All in all this is a very average album that could have been really great considering the talent that they have and could have gotten. Someone looking to collect French music should try to start elsewhere; only someone who is familiar with these songs and that knows what they sound like should even apply.

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