Monday, July 12, 2010

Putumayo Presents French Café (2003)

(As published in the Times of Acadiana ... )

Putumayo Presents French Café

If you’re wondering how the compilers at Putumayo overcome the problem of making an attention-getting album out of music meant to be talked over by people drinking coffee and smoking cigarettes, well, they don’t exactly. While two or three of these tunes will prick up your ears, good luck trying to remember which ones they were or how they go after the espresso wears off. And although it helps to know that “Un Jour Comme un Autre” (“A Day like Any Other”) was cut by a thirty-year-old Brigitte Bardot, it turns out to be a French-café song like any other. Rating: Two-and-a-half rendezvous of Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn in Charade out of five.

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