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An Old French Favorite: Sébastien Tellier’s “La Ritournelle” by cweeks88
Sebastien Tellier pimping the shades as if Jesus was the Terminator

Sébastien Tellier pimping the shades as if Jesus was the Terminator

PREVIEW: Sébastien Tellier “La Ritournelle” MP3

French singer-songwriter Sébastien Tellier’s “La Ritournelle” is the only reason one would buy his 2004 album, Politics. Fortunately in the age of iTunes you can spend 99 cents for this gem of a track instead wasting money and drive space on an entire album.

Its name taken from the old school French dance, “La Ritournelle” begins with a hypnotic, repetitive piano chord progression that plays throughout the track with an epic and beautiful string section that soon follows, which glides in and out of the song. When you think this lovely instrumental can’t get any better, about halfway through, the man behind the curtain comes out and sings. The sappy lyrics (“Oh nothing’s gonna change my love for you/ I wanna spend my life with you”) are more than made up for by the beauty of the music and the sweetness of the melody — not to mention the funky-ass bass line that suddenly accompanies the vocals.

The general feel of the song is reminiscent of the title track from Thom Yorke‘s debut solo album The Eraser. It plays as if that song were combined with the string section from the end of Radiohead‘s “Reckoner” (on In Rainbows), with a nice dance beat to boot.

Chill out and play on repeat.

— Charlie Weeks

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3 Comments

i love this song, i have been completely addicted to it. This review is totally on mark.

Comment by irinadvalidze

I’d have to agree. I’m a big fan of this one. It’s such a chill song.

Comment by johncassillo

Sebastien Tellier – “La Ritournelle”…

Sebastien Tellier & 50% of Daft Punk. Sebastien Tellier – “La Ritournelle” The modern day French love song… cause this day in age you need to be creative to score the poontang.  A simple wine and dine these days only guar……

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