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music reviewmusic reviewmusic reviewmusic review  out of 4 Music Review: Paris

Artist: Malcolm McLaren
Genre: Rock/Pop
Release Date: 1994

Review by DjBatman
4 stars out of 4

Another huge McLaren scam (or maybe not!): this time the guy puts together a huge tribute to Paris, and includes all his personal obsessions: an image of himself (?) walking in the streets of the French capital, wearing black like James Bond; Miles Davis and the jazz scene; Juliette Gréco and Catherine Deneuve; a lost love from the past, sex and delirium; crowd noises and some French spoken word; african chants representing the multi-ethnicity of modern France; Françoise Hardy committing "the ultimate erotic suicide" on a bed of roses. One would say that McLaren's voice is simply crap... yet his strange vocals still look perfect on the stunning atmospheres of "Driving into delirium". The same concepts and lyrics seem to recur in different moments of the album, amplifying that "obsessive" factor that McLaren seems to communicate to the listener. Hmm. Or maybe he just couldn't think about more original lyrics. Hehe. Seriously (believe it or not), this is probably the most serious release that the guy ever produced in his whole career: he seems to truly love "the jazz-drenched scent of this city" and not only manages to include some classic names well known to the French audience; he even releases it on the prestigious Disques Vogue label. So, take a trip to Paris: "a city where I have often been lost in a daydream, listening to Eric Satie, Art Blakey and Serge Gainsbourg. Some of their blood and smells remain."



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