"En toute sérénité"
2001, Vodkasonik - Universal, 013 922-2
Songs (Click the -icons
for some small realaudio-samples)
Un peu d'innocence
2. Ultime evidence
3. Laisser aller
4. Les berges mortes
5. Au coeur du rubis
6. Les amants etrangers
7. A bout de charme
8. Le tempo de mon pouls
9. Ma difference
Kevin Morane & Thierry Plas
Opgenomen in Studio CMP (Brussel)
Design : Thomas Lagneau Photo's : Romane Ninn
Leyna Ash is a fresh new female sound, with roots that stretch back to Tunisia
(she was born in Belgium, lived there between the ages 8 and 18, and then came
back). But don't expect pop with oriental influences or raï from her, this
is just plain commercial french pop.
I noticed: compared to the covers of the singles "Laisser Aller"
and "Un Peu d'Innocence", the cover of Leyna Ash's debut Cd is
rather unattractive. So I include these two singles here, to give you a better
understanding of some of the qualities of Leyna ;-). Second thing I noticed: compared
to the said two singles, the contents of the CD is rather disappointing. The worst
thing of "en toute sérénité" is "en toute
sincérité" (in all honesty) a lack of tempo. "A bout
du charme", "ultime evidence", "les berges mortes",
"heroïne", "M'apprivoiser", it all drags
along like languid cats on hot day. There's only the odd glimpse of attractive
french pop in between this porridge of chanson, bland rock and weak songs. But
"Un Peu d'innocence" and "Laisser Aller" are not bad at all.
Of the rest, only "Le Tempo de mon pouls" has something exciting
two backing musicians and most of the music programmed on soggy synthesizers -
the explanation isn't hard to find: the backing sounds sterile, and very cliché.
Nowhere there's a sound or beat to be heard that's even remotely surprising. It's
as if Leyna is being accompanied by a "band in a box", and has chosen
some sort of software program to back her up (even though the musicians in question
are Thierry Plas -see Machiavel, Purple
Prose- and Kevin Morane). The voice of Leyna Ash is certainly a pleasant one,
but it isn't capable of upholding the songs on its own.
Seems to me she has enough quality to reach higher than this, but if that'll happen
depends strongly on whether she'll find songmaterial of quality to interpret.
On her debut album, I didn't find it. Perhaps you do?
This Album in the Press
Alas, I didn't find a single review of this album. Did you see a good (or bad)
review? Tell me about it !
Where to buy this CD ?
You can order this CD from a number of locations (prices researched on September
2, 2001, but nothing guarantees they still are the same when you read this).
The lowest price is in yellow, the highest in red. This price comparison doesn't
take things into account like deduction of shipping expenses when ordering more
than 1 cd, bonus points, differences in guarantees ... Shipping prices are those
for customers in Belgium.
Have you seen this record elsewhere on the net, do you own an online-CD-shop
with Belgian products in it, or if there's something wrong with my calculations
: let me know.
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