Vanessa Par­adis

★★★ Les Sources BAR­CLAY/UNI­VER­SAL. CD/DL/LP

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First al­bum in five years by ar­che­typal French star wafts like gen­tly gust­ing wind.

Al­though ac­tor/mu­si­cian Vanessa Par­adis is the fo­cus, her al­bums are col­lab­o­ra­tions: whether with for­mer part­ner Lenny Kravitz or coun­try­men and Gal­lic mu­si­cal be­he­moths Ben­jamin Bi­o­lay and Matthieu Che­did. For Les Sources, her sev­enth stu­dio al­bum, for­mer Bees main­man Paul But­ler pro­duces, ar­ranges and plays on ev­ery Los An­ge­lesrecorded track. The film di­rec­tor Sa­muel Benchetrit, her hus­band since June 2018, con­trib­utes lyrics to six of the 11 vo­cal tracks. The French­language out­come wan­ders through the sooth­ingly Brazil­ian Dans Notre Monde, La Plage, which en­folds like Har­vest For The World-era Is­ley Brothers, and the foggy Kiev’s His­toire De Melody Nel­son ar­range­ment. A La Hau­teur De Mes Bas jour­neys into late-night torch­i­ness. In the cus­tom­ary French way, Par­adis’ still-ado­les­cent voice is placed bang up-front. And while ter­rif­i­cally taste­ful, Les Sources does not linger. It is the au­ral coun­ter­part of a light, warm breeze.

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