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Bénabar rose to critical acclaim with his third album, Les Risques du Métier (2003), and chart-topping success with his fourth, Reprise des Négociations (2005), and he saw the highlights of his back catalog compiled a couple years later on Best of Bénabar (2007). Released on the heels of that greatest-hits collection, Infréquentable adds several more highlights to the already illustrious career of one of France's brightest stars. It begins and ends on high points with "L'Effet Papillon" and "Infréquentable," and there are plenty more standout songs sequenced between, among them "Pas du Tout" and "À la Campagne." As always, Bénabar is an amusing songwriter with a gift for storytelling who finds both humor and fascination with the everyday occurrences of contemporary life. For instance, "Les Numéros" is a song about all the numbers people must deal with on a daily basis in today's information age -- from telephone numbers to debit card numbers -- and even a subject as mundane as this is somehow fun when channeled into the context of a three-minute song by Bénabar. Practically all of the songs on Infréquentable are as upbeat and playful as before, with the tempo slowing down only a couple times for "Malgré Tout" and "Les Reflets Verts." Given the success of Bénabar's past couple albums, there are no doubt a lot of high expectations for Infréquentable, which in many ways is a continuation of Reprise des Négociations, especially in the sense that each song is unique -- some funny, others sentimental or serious, some much better than others. Those hoping for a new batch of songs from Bénabar in a similarly mixed style to past efforts will find plenty to enjoy on Infréquentable, an album with no shortage of standouts. On the other hand, anyone expecting Bénabar to break new ground or experiment with his well-established style, whether in terms of lyrics or music, might end up disappointed by this effort, which is sure to secure his place near the top of the French charts for yet another year's time.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/14/2008
Label: Jive / Sbme Europe
UPC: 0886973981429
catalogNumber: 739814
Rank: 109084

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bénabar   Primary Artist
Derek Watkins   Trumpet,Bugle
Mark Berrow   Violone
Dave Bishop   Baritone Saxophone
Richard Edwards   Tenor Trombone
Simon Gardner   Trumpet,Bugle
Isobel Griffiths   Performing Ensemble
Garfield Jackson   Alto
Chris Laurence   Contrabass (Vocal)
Martin Loveday   Cello
Rita Manning   Violone
Anthony Pleeth   Cello
Johnathan Rees   Violone
Jamie Talbot   Alto Saxophone
Philip Todd   Tenor Saxophone
Laurent Vernerey   Guitar,Contrabass (Vocal),Basse
Mary Scully   Contrabass (Vocal)
Peter Lale   Alto
Patrick Kiernan   Violone
Boguslaw Kostecki   Violone
Jackie Shave   Violone
Bruce White   Alto
David Daniels [cello]   Cello
Julian Leaper   Violone
Louis Chédid   Choeurs
Everton Nelson   Violone
Perry Mason   Violone
Rachel Bolt   Alto
Emlyn Singleton   Violone
Warren Zielinski   Violone
Andy Wood   Bass Trombone
Lionel Suarez   Accordion
Simon Andrieux   Tuba
Yann Martin   Trumpet
Marion Richeux   Choeurs
Vincent Blaviel   Musical Direction,Choeurs
Olivier Daviaud   Piano
François Poggio   Guitar
Denis Grare   Choeurs
Olivier Lefebvre   Choeurs
Martin Saccardy   Trumpet,Choeurs
Florence Levillain   Choeurs
Stéphane Kovalsky   Choeurs
Sylvain Gazaignes   Choeurs
Bertrand "Bret" Commère   Guitar,Mandoline
Charlotte Auger   Tuba
Haidouti Orkestar   Brass
Vicci Ardman   Alto
Stéphanie Grand   Choeurs
Christophe Lameignère   Choeurs
Eric Lavaine   Choeurs
Krassen Lutzkanov   Saxophone
Luis Rigout   Flute
Jean-François Berger   Piano,Strings,Hammond Organ,Clavier,fender rhodes
Fabrice Ravel-Chapuis   Piano,Clavier
Christopher Tombling   Violone
David Woodcock   Violone
Denis Benarrosh   Percussion,Drums
Peter Hanson   Violone
Ian Thomas   Drums

Technical Credits

David Whitaker   Arranger,Direcccion de Cuerdas
Francois Delabriere   Engineer
Louis Chédid   Composer
Perry Mason   Art Direction
Bénabar   Composer
Marion Richeux   Management
Rodolphe Plisson   Montage
Sylvain Gazaignes   Artistic Director
Bertrand "Bret" Commère   Arranger
Gaël Fajeau   Contributor
Jasko Ramic   Arranger,Director
Jean-François Berger   Arranger,Director,Programming,Direcccion de Cuerdas
Fabrice Ravel-Chapuis   Arranger,Programming,Direcccion de Cuerdas

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