Jacques Brel

Jacques Brel [Universal]

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This 34-track Universal collection is an excellent budget-priced introduction to the music of the legendary Jacques Brel, who was as beloved by French audiences as of those in his homeland of Belgium. In fact, as evidenced by the material here, one can hear the way Brel extended the French chanson with his odd meters, theatrical voice, and his elegant guttersnipe poetry that detailed the perils and joys of love, drunkenness, rebellion, and heroism. All of his biggest hits are here, whetting the appetite of the casual listener to go further into the mystique and magic of Brel's oeuvre.