Francoise Hardy
La Question


5.0
classic

Review

by Time (Is) STAFF
November 21st, 2017 | 50 replies


Release Date: 1971 | Tracklist


A Guide on Folk Music – Volume II

La Question is like the soundtrack to the misery lingering after a love lost; its sensual melancholy takes grasp of you thanks to an unusually spacious atmosphere and the hollow orchestral/bossa nova backing, the latter of which was supplied by Valeniza Zagni da Silva, also known as Tuca. Both Francoise Hardy and Tuca were suffering from their own romantic ailments prior to and during the production of La Question; Hardy was in a tumultuous relationship with fellow musician Jacques Dutronc, while Tuca suffered from a case of unrequited love, as she pursued a relationship with Italian actress Lea Massari, who was not a lesbian. These circumstances and the heartache both factions withstood would shape La Question and its themes of love, heartbreak, and of yearning. Composed mostly by Tuca, La Question marked a change in Hardy’s direction that contrasted greatly from her time performing “Yé-yé”, a European pop phenomenon in the early 1960s that emphasized themes of innocence, while being marketed to a willing teenage consumer base. La Question is far from innocent, and in its ambitions in melding the chanson pop music that Hardy is adept at, with the subtle, uncluttered melodies Tuca crafted Hardy’s lyrics around. It doesn’t linger on wondering about love – it questions the very meaning of it, and in the process, highlights the pain the duo was going through.

In Hardy’s “Tous les garçons et les filles", a song from her “Yé-yé” era, she wonders about where her love is – “When will I know how it feels to have someone?" Yet, with a song like “Viens”, Hardy openly expresses her willingness to suffer for love, for her “heart has always given its all”. It’s strikingly different from her prior material that flirted with the concept of romance, but La Question devotes an entire album to the very meaning itself nor shies away from the uglier aspects of it as well. La Question’s devotion to its subject only increases the feeling of heartache, uncertainty, and the drama that is present throughout its thirty-two-minute length. The album goes from dreamlike (“La Question”), to surreal (“Le Martien”), and achingly erotic (“Chanson d’O”) in mere moments, while leaving room for more haunting vignettes that glimpse over suicidal declarations (“Mer”) and moments of realization that everything reaches a definite resolution, that heartbreak doesn’t last forever (“Rêve”). La Question is an album for those in love; for those who yearn for love, and for those scorned by it. It soundtracks the nuances of romance, and enraptures those who can relate to its message, which has not lost one ounce of its relevance in the forty-six years since its release.



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Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
November 21st 2017


19108 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Where did our love go?



La Question: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-lIxIYmdKM

Papa Universe
November 21st 2017


22440 Comments


Not the review we deserve, but a review we need.

sixdegrees
November 21st 2017


7518 Comments


ive definitely heard her but not a full album

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
November 21st 2017


19108 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

you ought to



guaranteed to make you sleep or cry, maybe both

sixdegrees
November 21st 2017


7518 Comments


I dont want to sleep rn and boys don't cry



Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
November 21st 2017


19108 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

well looks like clicking that link is your only option, buddy

SandwichBubble
November 21st 2017


10490 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

3 reviews all on the front page at the same time, you're a trooper. Album's magnifique

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butcherboy
November 21st 2017


9464 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

you rec'ed me this one in the perfect songs tourney, and it was fucking lovely.. review my submissions to the folk guide next!

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
November 21st 2017


19108 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Better hurry before Boney tries to enforce the unspoken rules onto me again



"review my submissions to the folk guide next!"



how does "Live at the Old Quarter, Houston, Texas" for No. 3 sound?

theBoneyKing
November 21st 2017


17639 Comments


oNe ReViEw PeR dAy

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Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
November 21st 2017


19108 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

sup "shoegaze extraordinaire"

theBoneyKing
November 21st 2017


17639 Comments


jamming Le Destroyer - Le Your Blues, hbu

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
November 21st 2017


19108 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

yeah nice firm 3.5

bgillesp
November 21st 2017


7056 Comments


Sounds very interesting. Will check

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
November 21st 2017


19108 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Dan should lay off the mojitos and midi keyboards

theBoneyKing
November 21st 2017


17639 Comments


yeah nice firm 3.5

C'est ce qu'elle a dit

Sinternet
November 21st 2017


20796 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

FINALLY A REVIEW FOR THIS



nice score :D

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Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
November 21st 2017


19108 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

spread the word



let em feel it

danielcardoso
November 21st 2017


11770 Comments


FINALLY. This one is incredible.

DoofusWainwright
November 21st 2017


19991 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Fripp has weaponised the concise review format and the main page is his now weaklings.



Good review.



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