Tuesday, 28 May 2013
Jenifer: Poupée de cire, poupée de son
The song was, of course, initially performed by France Gall and written by Serge Gainsbourg, and was a winner in the 1965 Eurovision Song Contest for Luxembourg.
Jenifer's new album, Ma déclaration, consists of her interpretations of songs originally performed by France Gall.
It's a clever song, commenting as it does on the ironies of pop music, particularly those that apply to a female performer. While the title means 'wax doll, rag doll' it also refers to to wax of records, the 'son' also meaning 'sound'.
The suggestion that the female singer is a 'puppet' is clear, but also that she is aware that she sees the world in an artificial way, and is herself not aware of the realities of love, despite singing about it to those who allow themselves to be seduced by her song.
Jenifer first came to fame as the winner of the first season of Star Academy in France in 2001/2002.
She released her debut album on 2002. Entitled jenifer it sold over one million copies. The song J'attends l'amour released as her debut single reached number two in France. Her follow up release that came out in July 2002, Au soleil, gave her a summer hit. Another two singles followed from that album, Des mots qui résonnent and later Donne-moi le temps
Her second album in 2004, le Passage, also went to number two in France, and earned her a Best French Artist awars at the MTV Europe Music Awards that year.
Another three albums have followed, Lunatique in 2007, Appelle-moi Jen in 2010 and 2012's L'Amour et moi.
She's remained a huge pop star, L'Amour et moi reaching number three in France and number one in Belgium.
Jenifer has been seen mose frequently in recent times as one of the four coaches in the French edition of The Voice, entitles The Voice, la plus belle voix.
The album Ma déclaration comes out in France on June 3 2013.