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Edith Piaf, La Vie En Rose 1935-1951

-0001 | Label: Sunnyside Records

I am French but for many, many years, I just couldn't get into Edith Piaf. It's not that I cringed at the somewhat clichéd France she represented — the omnipresent accordion and waltz rhythm conjuring images of baguettes and cigarettes hanging from pursed lips, a glass of red wine on a café counter. I actually love this France, the way an American may have an instinctive affinity with gum-snapping waitresses in corny diners. It was just that I found her songs too slow, too hackneyed, too willfully doleful. When it… more »