Still there at the age of 70, Renaud returns with a new cover album this Friday, May 6th

While most of the media and part of the public have been burying him prematurely for years, Renaud continually returns to center stage. As if to prove he’s still alive, the annoying singer makes it a point of honor to keep making records, regardless of fashions or the opinion of fans of him, who are sometimes not kind to him. Maybe to reassure himself? To prove to himself that he still has a few under the hood and that they are neither the “newspaper” nor the “butt pushers” that will make him bite the dust. He will decide when to stop, nobody else.

And then the one who will turn 70 on 11 May and has always feared the passage of time, probably also wants to hear again and again that he is still loved, that his audience remains faithful to him. On that side, he has little to worry about. Though opinions are divided and some longtime fans believe it would be better to write for other artists than cover, it’s a safe bet that her new album metic which will be released on Friday 6 May, will once again be a success.

Renaud is above all a sharp pen, a sense of the formula, a mixer of words. But for this return after just over two years, the singer has preferred to cover the artists he loves. After writing and singing of childhood in Children and teenagers first of allthe Parisian titi recalled what he listened to as a child and adolescent.

“I wanted to pay homage to my teachers, the ones who made me want to sing” explains the songwriter. “And to the songs that shook my childhood, my adolescence and little else. Being a smuggler who transmits the emotion coming from another to the greatest number, bringing a little bit of himself, without betraying”.

Renaud thus revisits Moustaki, Ferrat, Reggiani, Bourvil, Trenet, Aufray, Lapointe … and of course Brassens, his mentor to whom he had already dedicated a cover album in 1996. Almost five decades have passed since our titi -poulbot occupies the front of the French scene with his compositions since his first album released in 1975, he has never forgotten to mention his influences. In 1980, for his singing tour in Bobino, he resumes an entire repertoire of realistic songs, and in 1993, in the wake of the filming of Germinalreleased an entire disc in chti’mi to remember his Nordic origins through his mother.

The title of the album which is also the opening track fits the singer perfectly. We believe that Renaud fully appropriates the words of metic. Willingly or not, we think we hear at the end of the last verse “we will live to laugh at it” instead of “we will live to die”. It is difficult to say if it is intended, or if it is due to a slightly approximate pronunciation.

Because it must be said that the singer’s voice is obviously no longer at the level of the 70s-80s-90s. But we got used to this for many years. And there, we are surprised to find it better than the two previous works. The benefit of switching from four packs of cigarettes a day to just one. So much so that his heavy smoker’s voice, even if it is still hoarse and short of breath, has gained in extension, and reaches the high notes more easily.

Renaud, always there (STÉPHANE DE BOURGIES)

As for the way of making his own songs popularized by others, Renaud renews it for example in Hollywood adapting it to the first person. Likewise, one cannot help but think that he must have been elated as he sang this verse of Chuck’s wail : “The first theft I did in my life was to have pinned a priest’s purse”. A classic of the French heritage that echoes some compositions of the singer, such as for example scavengers Where little thief.

Another essential of the French repertoire, The cherry season. It’s the first song that came to his mind when he thought of this album, his 18th in the studio. And no wonder when you remember the singer screaming “The city will flourish” up “Company you won’t catch me.” A verse that served as the title of the Ogres de Barback album, released 6 months ago.

For me it is one of the most beautiful in the French repertoire.


on the song “The time of cherries”

This song heard many times is here updated with very folk arrangements. Such as metic find an unexpected rock color, or Hollywood it abandons its original countryside for a bit more melancholy. In general, Michel Coeuriot’s elaborate orchestrations refresh all these mostly well-known pieces. A second musical youth that accompanies the singer in his search for a perpetual rebirth.

In fact, it has long since become recurrent in the artist’s career. Who would have thought that in 2017 his tour would be sold out? The image of the phoenix was spot on: Renaud was reborn again from his ashes. Just like 20 years ago when it came out Hell of a bang in May 2002, the biggest sale of his entire discography.

Already at the time, this record sounded like an unexpected resurrection. Twenty years later, despite the criticisms, disappointments, alcohol, breakups, family deaths, loss of inspiration, sometimes clumsy political positions … Renaud is still there in 2022.

And beyond album releases or rare public speeches, Renaud’s personality remains very present in people’s hearts. The welcome given to the book testifies to this The return of the sequel recently published and validated by the artist. This book by designer Marc Large and director Johanna Turpeau was originally supposed to be a film that could not be made due to the health crisis. But it has just seen the light in written form. A fiction composed with the characters of Renaud’s songs, which arouses growing enthusiasm.

the book "The return of the sequel" by Marc Large and Johanna Turpeau (Passiflore Editions)

As an affront, the singer ironically closes his record with I died who, who says best by Jacques Higelin. So, is Renaud dead? It’s not for tomorrow.

The album cover "metic" by Renaud (Stephane De Bourgies / INTERPHONE)

Renaud- metic – May 6 release (speakerphone)

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