- Released: March 1, 2005
- Label: Blue Note Records
Rolling Stone - p.773.5 stars out of 5
- "[B]ilingual chamber pop that suggests French Sixties chanteuse Francoise Hardy whispering ballads from the first Velvet Underground album....[NOLITA] overflows with slow-burning melancholy..."
Uncut - p.943 stars out of 5
- "Keren Ann has helped conceive a wildly successful nouvelle vague of French pop..."
Mojo (Publisher) - p.64Ranked #5
in Mojo's "Top Ten World Albums Of 2005."
Mojo (Publisher) - p.1123 stars out of 5
- "[A] captivating sequence of songs....Keren Ann writes melodies that act as invitations to a soft-focus world of longing and melancholy..."
- 1.Que N'ai-Je? - (French)
- 2.Greatest You Can Find
- 3.Chelsea Burns
- 4.One Day Without
- 5.La Forme et le Fond - (French)
- 7.Roses & Hips
- 8.Midi dans le Salon de la Duchesse - (French)
- 9.L'Onde Amere - (French)
- 10.For You and I
- 11.Song of Alice - (featuring Sean Gullette)
Personnel: Keren Ann (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, sitar, piano, keyboards, programming); Keren Ann (various instruments); Bruno Dejarnac (vocals, drums); Sean Gullette (spoken vocals); Jack Petruzzelli (guitar, electric guitar, dobro, sound effects); Jesse Schiffren (mandolin, violin); Jeremy Turner (cello); Jean-Jacques Milteau (harmonica); Avishai Cohen , Avishai Morin (trumpet); Jason Hart (Mellotron, siren); Laurent Vemerey (bass instrument); David Maurin (drums, cymbals, tambourine); Denis Benarrosch (drums); Philipsens (clappers); Bardi J˘hannsson (programming); Karen Brunon (violin); Christophe Morin (cello).
Audio Mixers: Keren Ann; Erwin Autrique.
Recording information: EMI Publishing Studio, Parsi; Studio Philipsen, Paris, France; Yellow Tangerine, NY.
Photographer: Sahar Golovati.
This is the fourth album from Israeli-French chanteuse Keren Ann, though only her second outing released in the United States. Recorded in both Paris and New York City, NOLITA finds the artist in mid-Atlantic crossover, caught up in Old World ennui and Manhattan isolation. Here Keren Ann, singing in both French and English, wanders through a gallery of sad songs, all captured in a rich, natural production style.
The opener, "Que N'ai-je?," has a mild bossa nova lilt, while the title track doubles her vocal in a just-woke-up sexy harmony (reminiscent of Azure Ray), eventually accompanied by a violin that doesn't know whether it's serenading or shivering in the cold. A mellow electric guitar straight out of the Velvet Underground's third album brings a narcotic elegance to "Chelsea Burns," while "Midi Dans Le Salon De La Duchesse" weds pedal-steel country to a "Sea of Love"-style pop rhythm. On other tracks, touches of harmonica, piano, and trumpet add to the urban, rain-soaked moodiness, but it all comes down to Keren Ann's spare acoustic guitar and sultry, half-whispered vocals, suffused with a romantic longing both immediately intimate and already gone.