Album Review: Sans Fusils, Ni Souliers, à Paris: Martha Wainwright’s Piaf Record

December 10, 2009
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Sans Fusils, Ni Souliers, à Paris: Martha Wainwright's Piaf RecordTitle: Sans Fusils, Ni Souliers, à Paris: Martha Wainwright’s Piaf Record
Artist: Martha Wainwright
Label: Republic of Music/V2 Records
Released: November 2009
In one word: Astonishing

This live album comprises fifteen tracks taken from three concerts that Martha Wainwright performed in New York this year as a tribute to Edith Piaf.

This record is ambitious, you certainly can’t deny that one and Wainwright pulls each song off so perfectly it will completely overwhelm you.

Wainwright’s voice, though nowhere near as distinguished as Piaf’s, is strong and powerful yet tender and gorgeous at the right moments. Her French singing voice is also just incredible and you don’t need to know a word of French to appreciate this. You’ll be left with your chin on the floor by the end of this record.

© Danny Crombie

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