Austin Chronicle - May 16, 2008
Texas Platters - Girlie Action
BY MARGARET MOSER
Paris, Texafrance (MoonHouse) is Christine Albert's
third recording in her utterly charming series of French songs recorded
in Texas, accompanied by husband/partner Chris Gage whose production
polishes this little gem. Albert's French heritage and Texas heart lend
a rootsy feel to the covers that include those of popular French
composer Charles Trenet ("Swing Troubadour," "Ya de la Joie").
plenty of Edith Piaf for fans of the Little Sparrow with "Chante-Moi,"
"Hymne à l'Amour," and "Don't Cry," but Albert avoids tribute territory
with unexpected entries like Jesse Winchester's "L'air de la Louisiane"
and "Un Prince en Avignon," inspired by a Walter Hyatt recording of the
Gage's choice in using spare instrumentation –
sometimes only a piano – with Albert's lovely voice enhances Paris, Texafrance's warm summery feel. Many stars all around.