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Benjamin Biolay – Two Albums from the new Serge Gainsbourg!

Here are two albums via our pal Joe Taxi from Monsieur Benjamin Biolay who has been touted – by his PR agents anyway! – as the new Serge Gainsbourg!

Big fucking claim! Check out these albums below and work out if it’s remotely true!

Benjamin Biolay, born January 20, 1973, is a French singer, songwriter, musician, actor and record producer. He is the brother of singer Coralie Clément, whose two albums he wrote and produced, and the ex-husband of Chiara Mastroianni, the daughter of Catherine Deneuve and Marcello Mastroianni.

Biolay is considered one of the most exciting talents in French music and someone who has helped change the course of French pop over the past few years. His recorded output has already earned him the ‘new Serge Gainsbourg’ tag in his homeland and across Europe.

You can read an interesting interview with him from the NY Times HERE

His low-key vocal style is somewhat similar to French pop star Étienne Daho. With the singer Keren Ann, whose first two albums he co-wrote and produced, he contributed several songs to Chambre avec Vue, the successful comeback album of singer Henri Salvador, and has since worked as a writer, arranger or producer for other icons of French music, including Juliette Gréco, Julien Clerc and Françoise Hardy.

Biolay Studied Violin at Music School, Then the Trombone at the Lyons Conservatoire. He Studied Writing, Composition, Arranging, and Studio Production from the Age of 20.

His first big success came when he composed, wrote and produced Keren Ann’s first album in 1999. The pair wrote and composed songs for Ffrench singing legend Henri Salvador, – notably “Chambre avec vue”, a huge success.

Biolay’s debut solo album appeared in 2001 and he has steadily built a catalogue of five star albums since, including the soundtrack to “Clara et moi” with his wife Chiara Mastroianni which includes the single “Dans la merco benz”.

He wrote or performed most of the songs on the 2004 soundtrack to Clara et Moi by Arnaud Viard, and released the album Home with his wife the same year.

Chiara Mastroianni & Benjamin Biolay – Home [2004]

Chiara Mastroianni is Biolay’s ex-wife and the daughter of great Italian actor Marcello Mastroianni and hot French actress Catherine Deneuve! Some pedigree there!

Here’s the album from 2004 that they collaborated on.

La Ballade du Mois de Juin


1. Ballade du Mois de Juin
2. Tête À Claques
3. House Is Not a Home
4. Mobil Home
5. Quelque Part on M’Attend
6. Folle de Toi
7. Apologie
8. Probléme?
9. She’s My Baby
10. Plage
11. Arizona
12. Dance Rock ‘N Roll
13. Douce Comme l’Eau
Here be BB;

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Benjamin Biolay – Trash Yéyé [2007]

This was the 2007 release of the fifth studio album from one of the France’s most popular singer/songwriters.

Benjamin Biolay – Laisse Aboyer Les Chiens


1. “Bien Avant “
2. “Douloureux Dedans “
3. “Regarder La Lumière”
4. “Dans Ta Bouche “
5. “Dans La Merco Benz”
6. “Garçonnière “
7. “Chambre d’Amis”
8. “Qu’est Ce Que Ça Peut Faire “
9. “Cactus Concerto”
10. “Rendez-Vous Qui Sait”
11. “Laisse Aboyer Les Chiens”
12. “De Beaux Souvenirs”

Here be BB


Big thanks to Joe Taxi!

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