â€œFor Francoise Hardy, at the Seineâ€™s edge…â€
—Bob Dylan, Another Side Of Bob Dylan
Unlike escargots, beautiful French women are not an acquired taste, especially when they can sing. A melancholy and sensual chanteuse, Francoise Hardy made a name for herself crafting lush love songs of great sophistication. Often characterized as aloof, the quietly self-possessed Hardy never allowed herself to be marketed on her abundant sex appeal. Disregarding her looks, she built a following strictly on the strength of her singing and songwriting talents. Although released in 1971, La Question endures as her most spare and seductive album. â€œViensâ€ opens the record with a dramatic flair designed to grab the listenerâ€™s attention. The title track follows, establishing the albumâ€™s elegant dreamlike mood. On such songs as â€œChanson Dâ€™O,â€ â€œMer,â€ and â€œDoigts,â€ Francoiseâ€™s breathy voice lulls you deeper into a deliciously languid state.