French popster Jacques Dutronc rose to popularity in France during the 1960s on the strength of his witty satirical songs (thanks in large part to co-writer Jacques Lanzmann’s lyrics). “Et Moi Et Moi Et Moi” and “Playboys” were national hits. Dutronc’s recording career was erratic (he disappeared for much of the ‘70s and ‘80s, only to return in fine form in the ‘90s), but all his music is marked by his sophisticated vocals, and by the impulse to meld the French chanson tradition with rock and contemporary pop formulas. GREATEST HITS offers a fine overview of Dutronc’s work, and should find a place in any collection that already includes artists like Serge Gainsbourg and Françoise Hardy.
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