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alphi



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2003 9:58 pm    Post subject: For those who can read french Reply with quote

Here are some reviews of early DC concerts in France :

http://www.cren.net/ftp/archives/french-embassy/frenchtalk/log9406
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2003 10:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmpf.
You could translate them for us.
You would if you really cared.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2003 10:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would if my english wasn't s**t !
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2003 10:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"...Une orchestration superbe accompagnant
la voie magnifique de Neil!..."

Cheers Alphi
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2003 10:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What, and miss the great Babelfish translations?


Ensuite, sur scene des projecteurs en faisceaux tourne vers
le public et une musique d'eglise, puis entree en scene de Neil Hammond
ame chantante de The Divine Comedy (avec les majuscules,
ils peuvent se le permettre). Arret sur image, Neil prend sa guitare
et ca commence, des chansons (en anglais cette fois, mais on
arrive a comprendre quand meme, c'est vraiment CHANTE, pas
hurle) superbes et une voie magnifique.

becomes

Then, on scene of the projectors in beams turns towards the public and a music of church, then entree in scene of Neil Hammond heart singing of The Divine Comedy (with the capital letters, they can allow it). Freeze frame, Neil takes its guitar and Ca starts, of the songs (in English this time, but one arrives has to include/understand when same, it is really SINGS, not howls) superb and a splendid way. Then, after two titles, its group joined it on scene, a violin and a violoncello (cheeks by two charming young ladies) and a keyboard (more often in position piano for the purists of the music). between the songs Neil speaks with the public, and Ca passes well, it has extraordinary charisma.
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alphi



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2003 10:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

From lamiot@nantes.inra.fr Thu Jun 2 07:30:25 1994
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To: frenchtalk@yukon.cren.org
Subject: impressions de concert


bonjour a tous

hier soir je suis alle a un concert a nantes, ou plus exactement
a saint sebastien au sud est de nantes. au programme
philippe Katerine, divine comedy et dominique A.
Moment intense que je souhaiterais vous faire partager.

tout d'abord philippe Katerine, imaginez cinq cent
personnes debout autour de la scene et presque en
silence. Sur scene, un petit mec, seul, assis sur
une chaise avec une guitare seche. Plutot impressionnant
pour lui sans doute, mais un reve pour les spectateur.
philippe Katerine c'est des petites chansons, guere plus
de deux minutes, chansons ironiques "janie Longo" ou
intimistes, un univers reduit que l'on visite avec plaisir
Philippe Katerine (Katerine sur les CD) a ete signe par le
label Rennais Rosebud (qui a également signe "welcome
to julian" et "chealsea" entre autres et a decouvrir imperativement
si vous ne conaissez pas encore, distribution Barclay) ce qui est
un gage de qualite pour les conaisseurs. en concert des titres tires
de ses deux albums ("les mariages chinois" et "l'education anglaise")
ainsi que quelques reprises (dont test of cindy des
ce qui est une performance pour qui connait ce groupe)
et un hommage a michel Legrand. trois rappels ont cloture
ce tour de chants
Ensuite, sur scene des projecteurs en faisceaux tourne vers
le public et une musique d'eglise, puis entree en scene de Neil Hammond
ame chantante de The Divine Comedy (avec les majuscules,
ils peuvent se le permettre). Arret sur image, Neil prend sa guitare
et ca commence, des chansons (en anglais cette fois, mais on
arrive a comprendre quand meme, c'est vraiment CHANTE, pas
hurle) superbes et une voie magnifique. Puis, apres deux titres,
son groupe le rejoint sur scene, un violon et un violoncelle (joues
par deux charmantes demoiselles) et un clavier (plus souvent en
position piano pour les pûristes de la musique). entre les chansons
Neil parle avec le public, et ca passe bien, il a charisme extraordinaire.
Tiens, j'ai oublie de dire que tout ce petit monde est assis. Les chaises
ont ete ce soir la un instrument comme un autre. Donc ca ne bouge
pas beaucoup sur la scene, mais il n'y a pas besoin de mouvements
pour enchanter le public. Une orchestration superbe accompagnant
la voie magnifique de Neil. Au niveau orchestration ce fait un
peu penser a Scheller en concert avec un quatuor ("Scheller 1984"
collection les grands moments de l'olympia chez polygram pour ceux
que ca interesse). puis vient le premier rappel (la aussi trois fois).
Neil semble ne plus avoir envi de s'assoir, le rythme s'accelere (un peu)
et Neil delire comme un chanteur de groupe rock, il;court et danse
sur la scene , s'eclate sur la batterie prete pour dominique A, et dans
la salle, c'est une peche formidable, le public marche a fond. The
Divine Comedy, c'est magique et sur scene ca depasse vraiment
les versions CD qui pourtant sont deja excellentes (deuxieme
album "promenade" distribution virgin). si ils passent pres
de chez vous ca vaut le deplacement, vraiment.
En tete d'affiche, c'etait dominique A. quand il arrive sur scene, seul,
c'est un autre genre. Deja, la guitare est electrique, ainsi que les
claviers qu'il utilise, mais lui aussi chante, et magnifiquement en
plus. Puis, apres trois chansons qui nous on deja conquis (et oui
moi aussi je fait parti du public) ses deux complices arrivent sur scene.
tour a tour guitaristes, bassistes claviers ou batteurs, les instruments
s'échangent au gres des titres qui s'enchainent . Les chansons de
dominique A c'est des rencontres au cion d'une rue, des scenes
d'une petite vie, c'est le polaroid rendu a l'etat d'un art a part entiere.
l'ambiance est plus tendu que precedemment, dominique A
c'est aussi une atmosphere un peu oppressante pas vraiment
tranquille ni gentille, mais nous restons tous fascines par ce
personnage qui nous entraine dans son univers, a part, bien
loin la bas, ou on oubli simplement qui on est pour devenir
un regard. entre blues et rock, en passant par tout ce que l'on veut
au sons d'instruments qui bien qu'electriques pourraient
facilement devenir acoustiques dominique A c'est un univers
a lui tout seul. alors des references? non, pas besoin, dominique A
ne ressemnble qu'a lui meme, et c'est sans doute pour ca qu'on aime.
Dominique A est distribue en CD par virgin egalement.

alors si vous ne connaissez pas encore ces groupes,
c'est le moment de taner votre disquaire pour qu'il se les
procure. A faire decouvrir d'urgence aux oreilles lassees
des habitudes.

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Subject: Quelle Divine Comedy....

Il y a quelques mois, j'ai achete un album a la Fnac : 'Liberation' des
Divine Comedy. Je l'ai ecoute et je suis immediatement allee le rendre...
Et puis, il y a quelques semaines ma soeur me telephone pour me dire que
Divine Comedy passe en concert a Nancy et qu'il faut absolument que j'y
aille, que je vais adorer etc...etc...Je me fais tirer l'oreille mais je
cede ...Et la! Je suis sideree, foudroyee par le spectacle! Ce type est un
genie!Pour ceux qui connaissent Nancy, nous avons une salle le Terminal
Export dont les caracteristiques sont pour moi : trop de fumee, trop de
chaleur et surtout une impossibilite de voir la scene passe le deuxieme
rang! Mais pour Divine Comedy, il s'est passe quelque chose que personne
n'avait jamais vu au Terminal, tout le monde s'est assis par terre pour
laisser aux autres le plaisir de voir la scene! Pourtant le jeu de scene
est quasi absent mais la presence de Neil Hannon justifie a elle seule le
detour...Rien a jeter dans ce concert! Neil Hannon a une technique vocale
parfaite (o la sublime reprise de Kate Bush, oui oui vous avez bien lu!!)
servie par une sensibilite hors du commun! Les orchestrations sont
surprenantes et il prend un malin plaisir a prendre le public a contre
pied! Mais je crois que ce que j'ai le plus apprecie et qui se fait rare
chez les groupes qui tournent actuellement, c'est un don permanent au
public! Ce type donne tout ce qu'il a d'emotion et l'on se le prend en
pleine figure sans pouvoir resister au charme ! Comme vous l'aurez
compris, j'ai ete ensorcellee alors n'hesitez plus, si Divine Comedy passe
pres de chez vous, courez les voir...
Conclusion : seuls les imbeciles ne changent pas d'avis.
Bonne journee a tous
Carole


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2003 10:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, because I am a kind soul, I decided to translate some of it for all the non-French speaking personage out there (with the help of www.freetranslation.com):

hello has all



Yesterday evening I am goes has a concert has provide, or exactly has holy sebastien to the south is of provide. to the program philippe Katerine, divine comedy
and dominique HAS. Excessive moment that I would wish to do you to divide.



First of all philippe Katerine, imagine five hundred standing persons around the scene and almost in silence. On scene, a small guy, only, sat on a chair with a dry guitare. Impressive Plutot for him doubtless, but a
magazine for the spectators. philippe Katerine this is small songs, more than two guere minutes, ironic songs "janie Longo" or intimists, a universe reduit that one visits with pleasure Philippe Katerine (Katerine on the
CD) has ete signs by the label Rennais Rosebud (that has equally signs "welcome to julian" and "chealsea" between other and has decouvrir imperativement if you not conaissez again, distribution Barclay) this that is a pledge
ofConaisseurs. in concert of the titles pull of its two albums (" the Chinese marriages" and "the English education") as well as some returns (of which test of cindy of the this that is a performance for that connait this
group) and a homage has michel Legrand. three reminders have cloture this turn of songs Next, on scene of the projecteurs in faisceaux turn towards the public and a church music, then entree inSinging of The Divine Comedy
(with the capital letters, they themselves can allow it). Arret on picture, Neil takes his guitare and ca begins, songs (in English this time, but one arrives has to understand when meme, this is really SINGS, does not
yell) superb and a magnificent way. Then, apres two titles, his group the rejoins on scene, a violin and a violoncelle (play by two charms girls) and a keyboard (more often in position piano for the pûristes of the music).
between the songs Neil speaks with the public, and ca passes well, it has extraordinary charisme. Holds, I have forgets to say that all this small world is sat. The chairs have ete this evening it an instrument as another.
Therefore ca does not budge a lot on the scene, but there is not need of movements to delight the public. A superb orchestration accompanying the magnificent way of Neil. To the level orchestration this fact a little to
think has Scheller in concert with a quartet (" Scheller 1984" collection the big moments of the olympia with polygram for those that ca interesse). then comes the first reminder (the also three times). Neil seems not more
to have envied of s'assoir itself, the rhythm s'accelere itself (a little) and Neil delire as a group singer rock, il;court and dances on the scene, s'eclate itself on the battery prete for dominique HAS, and in the room,
this is a formidable peche, the public walks has melts. The Divine Comedy, it is magic and on scene ca depasse really the versions CD that nevertheless are deja excellentes (deuxieme album "walk" distribution virgin). if
they past pres of at your place ca is worth the deplacement, really. In poster tete, this c'etait dominique HAS. when it arrives on scene, only, this is another kind. Deja, the guitare is electrique, as well as the
keyboards that it uses, but also sings to him, and magnificently what's more. Then, apres three songs that we one conquered deja (and yes me also I is part of the public) its two accomplices arrive on scene. Turn has turn
guitaristes, bass players keyboards or drummers, the instruments exchange themselves to the gres of the titles that s'enchainent itself. The songs of dominique HAS this is encounters to the cion of a street, scenes of a
small life, this the polaroid returned has the state of an art has leaves entire. the mood more is stretched than precedemment, dominique HAS this is also an atmosphere a little oppressing not really quiet or kind, but we
remain all fascinate by this personage that we entraine in his universe, has leaves, well far the bottom, or one forgetfulness simply that one is to become a look. between blues and rock, while passing by all that one wants
to the sounds of instrumentsBecome acoustics dominique HAS this is a universe has him all only one. then references? no, not need, dominique HAS not ressemnble that has him meme, and this is doubtless for ca that one likes.
Dominique HAS is distributes in CD by virgin egalement.



Then if you do not know again these groups, this the moment of taner your record dealer for that it them
obtains himself. To do urgency decouvrir to the ears lassees of the habits.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2003 10:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

>What, and miss the great Babelfish translations?
...
>becomes



Weird thing is.. you can almost tell what they're getting at!...
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2003 10:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

and did you read your translations ? I would be very surprised if you understand them...

Please don't do again the joke to translate things only for fun, I posted this because I though it would be interessting to see a review of an early DC gig, but unfortunately I can't translate it myself.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2003 10:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oooooh !

Get her !
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 30, 2003 1:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cheers for that, Alphi.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 30, 2003 11:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

>Excessive moment that I would wish to do you to divide

Wonderful!
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 30, 2003 7:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

msboyd wrote:
(cheeks by two charming young ladies)


*giggles childishly*

Bloo Smile
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