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Axelle Red at Live 8
Axelle Red, the queen of French soul, an artist who
loves people to dance to her songs.
Red is one those curious figures who epitomizes the Belgium paradox: an
English-speaking Flemish woman who "found her voice" by singing
in French. Of course, Axelle is the first to point out that her initial
source of inspiration were great hits sung in English: Aretha Franklin,
worshipped by Axelle's mother, and Abba, played endlessly on the airwaves.
In fact, Axelle recorded her first song, Little Girls, in English, at
the tender age of fifteen (at the time, she was already know as Axelle).
However, her first hit in Belgium, recorded with two brothers from Toulouse,
Richard and Daniel Seff, is a song in French, Kennedy Boulevard. The year
In 1993, Axelle Red crosses the French border, with the album Sans plus
attendre and her mega hit, Sensualité - a wonderfully repetitive
track with an irresistibly catchy refrain, "J'aime j'aime/Tes yeux,
j'aime ton odeur/Tous tes gestes en douceur/Lentement dirigés/Sensualité".
Other Axelle Red singles come forth from this same album: Elle danse seule,
Je t'attends, Le monde tourne mal... The next album, A tâtons -
three years in the making - confirms and boosts Axelle Red's wave of success:
recordings in the United States with some of the greatest names in soul
music, including Steve Cropper and Isaac Hayes, and the resounding success
of the song Rester femme, followed by a string of hits (A tâtons,
Rien que d'y penser, Ma prière, A quoi ça sert).
Axelle's star continues to rise: she performs a duo with Youssou N'Dour,
singing La Cour des grands, the official 1998 World Cup song - a musical
triumph, followed by a new series of hits from the album Toujours moi.
With this album, Axelle definitively asserts herself as singer-songwriter,
composing or co-writing the lyrics and music for all her songs. The singles
extracted from Toujours moi display Axelle's wide range of talent: Ce
matin, an intimate hymn with string and wind sections; Parce que c'est
toi, a blasphemous gospel song; Faire des mamours, a serious pop-funk
piece with extreme vocals; Bimbo à moi, as a hedonistic jerk; and
J'ai jamais dit, a ballad in a style reminiscent of both Elton John and
Axelle Red's Her first child, a record in Spanish (Con solo pensarlo),
the duo Manhattan-Kaboul on Renaud's album, Boucan d'enfer, and time for
writing: three more years go by before Axelle Red releases a new album,
in 2002: Face A / Face B, with the usual quota of hits (Je me fâche,
Pas maintenant, Toujours). After which Axelle goes on a long tour. Now,
for the first time ever, all of her singles have been grouped into one
compilation. Who could ever forget - and how could she ever let us forget
- that Axelle Red is one of Europe's few believable soul singers? A head-turner
who doesn't wear the garb of a babe, Axelle can be unpredictable, imperious,
and almost exotic, as proven by the legendary concert of 14 November 1998
in Antwerp, followed by the concert two days later in Paris, featuring
Sam Moore, Percy Sledge, Ann Peebles, and Eddie Floyd - heroes from her
childhood and adolescence, as big as Burt Bacharach or Carole King.
The second CD of Axelle Red's best of contains acoustic and soul
arrangements that are semi-Stax studios and semi-Gil Scott Heron, in their
sobriety. The album proffers rare titles, hits and two unreleased tracks
(J'ai fait un rêve and Je pense à toi) so that you can linger
a little longer with Axelle in her strange land where the spirit of South
America blooms amidst the fog, and where sophisticated feelings trip the
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