Mylène is considered the most successful and provocative female French recording artist of all time, and the only artist to have each of her studio albums sell over a million copies in France… Mylène’s refusal to record in English leaves her virtually unknown outside of continental Europe. Farmer gained fame with songs featuring ambiguous and/or shocking lyrics, and somewhat explicit music videos… (Wikipedia)
Or, to put it more simply, Mylène Farmer is pretty much the French Madonna. I only very recently started listening to Farmer but it didn’t take very long to fall in love with her voice and music. She is famous for her sophisticated pop tunes and ballads that deal with themes of love, death, and spirituality. Do yourself a favor and check out some of her songs – you won’t be disappointed!
Mylène Farmer’s Dance Remixes (1992) features remixes and extended versions of songs from her first three studio albums, Cendres de Lune (1986), Ainsi soit Je… (1988), and L’Autre… (1991).
They’re fairly straightforward mixes that don’t stray very far from the sound of the original tracks (particularly in the case of the extended versions). Tracks like “Libertine” are played around with, vocals are manipulated, new instrumental passages are introduced – and the result is excellent.
The tracks that stood out to me are “Libertine (Carnal Sins Remix),” “Plus grandir (Mother’s Live Remix),” and “Sans Logique (Illogical Club Remix).” I was slightly disappointed with the remixes of “Je t’aime mélancolie” and “Pourvu qu’elles soient douces” as they didn’t really match the strengths of the album versions. I still find myself getting the stuttering beginning of the “Pourvu” remix stuck in my head, though! :)
This album is a great introduction to Mylène Farmer’s earlier work. If you like what you hear, then I would suggest also trying one of her more recent albums, because they are really gorgeous (Innamoramento is beautiful!).