Country of origin:
Type of music generally:
First albums pop, later work more evocative/eclectic and edgier alternative pop
Most recent release, Drive (2012)
Tara MacLean, Sarah McLachlan, other soft pop/rock singers for her earlier work
Own, co-written, occasional covers
Sweet, carefully crafted pop sound, slightly raspy-sweet voice. Her early albums feel too mainstream pop for my tastes, but fans of Tara MacLean and Sarah McLachlan's recent work are sure to love them. I find shadows a far more compelling album. (Neile)
Recommended first album:
me, myself & i or Piece for pop fans; shadows for those looking for something a little edgier
1995—Scarlet Raven Productions—sr101-2
Recommended for pop fans
Danielle French—vocals, acoustic guitars
Danielle French, Matthew Good, Colin Nairne, Geoffrey Kelly (Spirit of the West), Bart Gurr, Stephen Nikleva, Suzanne Little
if a song has what are annoying lyrics to me, no amount of musical brilliance can generally make up for it. A good example is yet another Vancouver artist: Danielle French, who just put out a very over-produced, "nice"-sounding debut album. Melodies and arrangements are perfect, and it's easy to get carried away by that. Quite Sarahesque, and in fact Dave Kershaw plays on a song.... The only song I quite like is "Fields of Fire", which may be mainly due to the fact that my friend Mo does a fine job of accompanying her on violin. Other than that I just can't get over my aversion to lyrics like "I am only passing time until the time you are mine." But for all of you who are music people, I highly recommend this album because musically it's brilliant. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
2003—Scarlet Raven—sr 2639-2
Danielle French—vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, warped guitar (8)
Chris Brett—electric guitars (1, 2), keyboard patch (2, 6, 10)
I don't know what Danielle French's debut was like, but Piece seems very accomplished and well-played slightly melancholy pop. "Howard's song" is just beautiful, a violin adding to the mood. "To the death", a duet with Burton Cummings, is slow and waltz-like. She covers "Running up that hill" and makes it work. Piece is an intriguing and sometimes odd pop record. (email@example.com)
Danielle French—vocals, backing vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, hand claps, stomps
Martin Tielli—electric guitars, sound sculptures, harmony vocals
Danielle French and Jonathon Lewis
Wow. Just wow. Here Danielle French breaks out all the stops and delves into the shadows and comes up with a unique and still beautiful album. Full of intriguing songs from the very first, the captivating "Alive". "Sincere" is cabaret-ish. "Descending" is a masterpiece of a song that captures both the pop side and this shadowy edge in one track. "Avalon" is a delightful clockwork song, while "Keep" is slithery. "Time To Kill" is cabaret-ish again, as is the darker "Cinnamon Man". "Sleepy Truck" moves back and forth from a cabaretish sound to a darker, more chaotic chorus. "Diplomatic" is a pop-sounding song with cranky, sardonic lyrics at odds with the sound. The last two tracks, "Drowning" and "The Weight of it All" are urgent and lovely. What a wonderful collection! Fascinating musically and lyrically interesting. Highly recommended. (Neile)
Thanks to firstname.lastname@example.org for work on this entry.
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