Francis Cabrel – Fragile (1980/2013) [Qobuz FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Francis Cabrel – Fragile (1980/2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 00:32:33 minutes | 665 MB | Genre: Folk, Pop, Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front Cover | ©  Columbia Records
Recorded: 1980, Studio Condorcet, Toulouse

On Fragile, Cabrel doesn’t stray far from the approach of his preceding album, Les Chemins de Traverse, alternating uptempo blues-oriented rockers with ballads and smooth pop rock. The artistic production plays to the strengths of his singer/songwriter style, minimizing distractions, sticking to mostly acoustic instruments, and allowing the focus to remain on the melody and lyrics. It’s something of a shame that the songs aren’t as strong as on many of Cabrel’s other recordings. There are some bright spots on the album, such as “Elle écoute pousser les fleurs.” Cabrel serves up a fine vocal performance on the track, the lyrics are picturesque and the melody is pleasing. The song may be worth hearing for the surprise ending alone (try to ignore the solo near the end, credited as being a child’s piano). “Le petit gars,” co-written with Georges Augier de Moussac, is a good example of Cabrel’s lyric writing abilities. Also, “De l’autre côté de toi” features some nice harmonies and slide guitar work. For the most part, though, the album is not too memorable. ~~AllMusic Review by Samuel Johnson

1 La Dame De Haute-Savoie 3:00
2 L’Encre De Tes Yeux 3:04
3 De L’Autre Côté De Toi 3:06
4 Trop Grand Maintenant 2:41
5 Elle Écoute Pousser Les Fleurs 2:40
6 Je Pense Encore À Toi 2:10
7 Cool Papa Cool 2:53
8 Si Tu La Croises Un Jour 3:08
9 Le Petit Gars 3:10
10 Plus Personne 3:20
11 Dernière Chanson 3:00

Francis Cabrel, chant, guitares, chœurs
Georges Augier de Moussac, guitares
Gérard Bikialo, claviers
Roger Secco, batterie, percussions
Musiciens additionnels:
Patrice Tison, José Souc et Tony Sadler, guitare sur L’encre de tes yeux
Jean-Pierre Bucolo, guitare électrique sur Trop grand maintenant, Elle écoute pousser les fleurs
Roger Loubet, piano d’enfant sur Trop grand maintenant, Elle écoute pousser les fleurs
Louis Justine, basse sur Cool papa cool
Jeff Calver, tambourin sur Si tu la croise un jour
Jacques Cardona et François Porterie, chœurs sur Le petit gars