‘Singing Barbara is like an actor playing Don Juan, or Le Misanthrope’, writes Daphné about her new album with 13 covers of the legendary lady in brown. Her dark chansons are classic material, Daphné’s not the first to do a cover, and certainly not the last. She has two duet-partners, Benjamin Biolay (who helped start her career) is sprinkling his Casanovian charm all over Dis, Quand Reviendras-Tu, while Dominique A. backs her up in Göttingen. I’m a fan of Daphné, not that familiar with Barbara’s back catalogue (though I adore Nantes). I guess D.’s adding a tad more hope, or light at the end of the tunnel, than Barbara in the original versions. I never thought of Dis… being a sexy song, Daphné and Ben pull it off.
Speaking of Biolay, I wouldn’t hold my breath about his upcoming album. BIG disappointment. Lacks ideas, lacks memorable melodies, under par production. Even Vanesse Paradis, Carl Barat and
La Grande Sophie Julia Stone can’t lift this out of muddy mediocrity. More on Vengeance later.
Daphné & Biolay – Dis, Quand Reviendras-Tu?
Original version (video)