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World Music CD Reviews Europe

Camille

By Jill Ettinger
Published March 16, 2007

Le Fil
Narada 59702

FRANCE

Humans have always explored expressive vocalizing, yet few perfect it like the great scat singer Ella Fitzgerald, Zap Mama’s collected soul and Icelandic supervixen Björk. French singer songwriter Camille earns a place on that short list with her second album, Le Fil. Intricately layered vocals mix with keys, beats and her boundless imagination, providing a platform for her thoughts on love, life and the political world. Softly anthemic tracks likes “Assise” and “Quand Je Marche” meet with quiet hypnotic hyper-ballads (“Vertige,” and all three installations of “Janine”) on this breathtaking disc. Every song flows as an extension of its predecessor in symphonic, rhythmic sensuality (“Ta Douleur,” “Pale Septembre”). Le Fil ranks as one of the great records of its niche—at only 26 years young, Camille is proving her commitment to sounding off in this world and being an undeniable force worth listening to for many years to come.