French Soul

Axelle Red

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French Soul Review

by Jon O'Brien

Released just a year after 2003's three-disc Longbox, French Soul is the second, more slimmed down retrospective from Belgian singer/songwriter Axelle Red. Its two-disc, 28-track collection covers her five studio albums, from 1993's Sans Plus Attendre ("Sensualite") to 2002's Face A/Face B ("Toujours"). While the first disc includes original versions of "Ma Priere," "Le Monde Tourne Mal," and "Bimbo a Moi," the second disc features ten soul reworkings of classic hits such as "Elle Danse Seule," "Faire des Mamours," and "Rester Femme." The album also includes a duet with French vocalist Renaud and one English-speaking track, "People Get Ready."

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