Monday, February 04, 2008

Tina Arena's 7 Vies

Tina Arena is as prolific as she is talented, releasing two albums in as many months. Despite only hitting shelves in December, "Songs Of Love & Loss" proved to be one of Australia's highest selling albums of 2007. Obviously not content with re-establishing herself as a major musical force at home, Tina swiftly returned her focus to the French market - unveiling "7 Vies" on the 28th of January. If the success of the album's first single on French iTunes is any indication, "7 Vies" looks like being every bit as successful in France as "Songs Of Love & Loss" was in Australia. What an astonishing period in an already brilliant career!

I have to come clean and admit that I wasn't hugely impressed by Tina's first French album. I always had the sneaking suspicion that she was positioning herself as the Antipodean Celine Dion - all big ballads and flowing gowns. My copy of "7 Vies" hasn't arrived yet but it already strikes me as being a massive step in the right direction. I love all the clips I've heard online and the album's first single, "Entends-Tu Le Monde?" takes up where Tina's best French single (the exquisite "Je m'appelle Baghdad") left off - by exploring a fresh and original world music sound. Like "Je m'appelle Bagdad", "Entends-Tu Le Monde?" is a beautifully produced song with an intricately woven Eastern influence. The video clip doesn't quite match the visual feast of the former anthem but "Entends-Tu Le Monde?" is still charmingly atmospheric (check it out below).

To my knowledge, there are no plans to release "7 Vies" in Australia. However, you can order the album from CD WOW for under $20(AUD). Just click on the Australian flag and search for Tina. Clips of all songs can be heard on French Amazon. I'm particularly looking forward to hearing "Ta Vie" in full. If I'm not mistaken it's a French interpretation of "Until" from "Songs Of Love & Loss". I can't wait to see what Tina does next!

8 comments:

Phil said...

No idea what she's yammering about (because I don't speak French) but purely musically speaking 7 vies is definitely a big step forward. The album is her most varied to date with many different genres and singing styles mixed into what is arguably her best album yet. The title track is a marvelous trip which starts as an atmospheric rock track but morphs into a full-on balls-out dancefloor stomper in the vein of the "Symphony of Life" remixes only infinitely better. My personal favourite is her duet with Jean-François Bernardini from I Muvrini. A very Air-like chilled out affair. Pure heaven. I simply cannot WAIT for her next English album! I hope you love it as much as I do when you get your copy!

Adem With An E said...

GOD her French output is just as magnificent as her English stuff. Can Tina do now wrong? Ben & I were discussing her French brilliance today after we saw Julie Delpy's new movie "2 Nights In Paris" - we were saying the only thing it was missing was some Arena French-works in its soundtrack.

Mike said...

Hey Phil - "7 Vies" sounds amazing! Particularly the bit about the title track being a dancefloor stomper reminiscent of "Symphony Of Life" - the bloody thing better arrive soon!!

Hi Adem - Tina strikes me as being someone at the peak of her creative power at the moment. Now she just needs to put it all together with another English language pop album!

Me said...

I shall be buying some Tina Arena asap! I loved Chains! She has an amazing voice.

Je M'appelle Bagdad is stunning!

Mike said...

Je m'appelle Bagdad still gives me shivers! I think Tina would be right up your alley, Jay.

bomitoni said...

I've never really delved into Tina's french material but I like the video you've posted! Greetings from your friends @ Milk Carton Pop Stars

Mike said...

Milk Carton Pop Stars = LOVE!

Looking forward to your next update.

Anonymous said...

just bought the album now...and am very happy with my purchase.highly recommended...she needs to release material every year! one of teh best if not the best out there !