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This article is about the Alizée album. For the Alizée song from the album, see Gourmandises (song). For a person who takes great pleasure in food, see gourmand.
Studio album by Alizée
Released 21 November 2000 (France)
13 March 2001 (Worldwide)
Recorded June–September 2000
Studio Guillaume Tell, Suresnes
Genre Pop, French pop
Length 44:23
Label Universal, Polydor
Producer Laurent Boutonnat, Mylène Farmer
Alizée chronology
Mes Courants Électriques
Singles from Gourmandises
  1. "Moi... Lolita"
    Released: 4 July 2000
  2. "L'Alizé"
    Released: December 2000
  3. "Parler tout bas"
    Released: April 2001
  4. "Gourmandises"
    Released: August 2001

Gourmandises (English: Delicacies) is the debut studio album by French recording artist Alizée, released worldwide on March 13, 2001 by Polydor Records. It was certified double platinum by the Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique (SNEP) on December 2001, denoting sales of over a million copies in Europe.[1]

Four singles were released from the album, including global top-five hits "Moi... Lolita"', "L'Alizé"' and Gourmandises. In order to promote Gourmandises and her following album, Alizée embarked on the En Concert Tour in 2003 within her next successful studio album Mes courants electriques. Critics and scholars have noted the album's influence on popular music, especially how it helped bring electronic music into pop culture.[2]

Upon release, the album received acclaim and was lauded by critics as a masterpiece in the contemporary French Pop repertory. Reviewers commended the singer's musical direction by her mentors; the singe's vocals were also praised.

The singer and the album were honored by the highest accolade given by SACEM, the Prix Vincent Scotto in 2002. The NRJ Music Awards, M6 and many others media and music institutions nominated the singer, including her nomination to the Victoires de la Musique in the "Revelation Album of the Year" category. Alizée was awarded 2002 World Music Award for Best French music exporter (more than 4 million records worldwide in an album).[3]

Background and composition[edit]

Recording for the debut album started mid 2000. The album was set to be categorized world music, pop, Chanson Française and Dance music record, however the song incorporates strong elements of electronic music. Additionally, it incorporates several genres and subgenres, including techno, trip hop, drum and bass, ambient, rock and classical music.[4]


After Alizée's participation in the Graines de Star show where she met Mylène Farmer and Laurent Boutonnat were invited to record a single with their group. Prior, July 2000 Alizee released Moi... Lolita, after becoming a top sales in France, she released her second single L'Alizé in Decemeber 2000.[5] It gained number one in France and other worldwide top lists, however not in the United States because of singers such as Britney Spears, P!nk and Christina Aguilera phenomenon in America. The release of Gourmandises was named Europop Queen by the NRJ Radio.[2][6] Three months later Parler tout bas also gained number one on French romantic radio stations. Gourmandises was released in May 2001 being the final album soundtrack which also gained spots in worldwide spots.

Alizee was phrased by the M6, the NRJ Radio, she was nominated for the Victoires de la Musique, also she was awarded and nominated for many awards and recognitions. To the next year Alizée remained a received the World Music Award by the IFPI for top sales. In 2003 Alizée received an award by SACEM the most prestigious recognition given for the institution the Prix Vincent Sotto.[6]


"Moi... Lolita" was the first soundtrack from the album was released as her debut single in 4 July 2000. It was popular in various countries such as, France, Spain, Belgium, Georgia, Austria, the Netherlands, Lebanon, Ukraine, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Russia, Greece, Italy, Germany, Poland, Denmark, United Kingdom.[7] "L'Alizé" was released as the second single of the album. Released in December 2000, it featured the song "L'alizé" as well as an instrumental version. Two limited editions were alos released, which featured four remixes. The song became a hit particularly in France where it reached number-one for two weeks. "Parler tout bas" was the third single by Alizée released in April 2001. It featured an instrumental rendition of the song in addition to Alizée's solo rendering.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic Positive[8]
The Daily Princetonian Positive[9]
Popjustice 10/10 stars[10]
SACEM/SNEP Very Positive
(Spain) Acclaim[11]

Gourmandises from its release received positive reviews from contemporary critic.

Agree with the criticism was a very good album arguing who Alizée it was develops her talent and make the Mylène Farmer and Laurent Boutonnat's

"...Sixteen-year-old Alizée is France's answer to the teen queen phenomenon. With one notable exception: Alizée has real talent..." by Eric Harkleroad in a Daily Princetonian article. .[12]

protected a musical machine with a sweet but strong voice incorporating strong elements of electronic music and sweet-mellows sounds of pop music. And reserving to the critics and her public waiting for more than the singer.

In 2013, the press referred to the album following speculation about a fifth album, 5 and with the critical acclaim for that record, referring to Gourmandises as a "pop masterpiece of the contemporary music", calling it a "classic" of the 2000s decade and of the new millennium.


Her debut album Gourmandises raised the singer to top worldwide fame, in three months the album sold 700,000 copies in France and plus of 1,000,000 only in Europe.[1] In early 2001, she won the NRJ Music Awards for Francophone Revelation after she won an M6 Award in late 2000. It is also named in a similar category to the Victoires de la Musique, Alizée won in early 2002 the World Music Award for Best French exporter (more than 4 million records worldwide in an album).[3]

Though the debut single, "Moi... Lolita" released in July 4, 2000. "Moi... Lolita", generated lot of buzz internationally, and the album was launched internationally to critical acclaim. This single is listed as the 31st best selling single in the history of France. Also with in the Lolita success was released the "L'Alizé", which also gained top of French charts for many weeks.

This both singles are listed on top of the French Top 100 singles of the 2000s and List of best-selling singles in France history respectively.[13][14] In the same year Le Figaro newspaper announced as Alizée's music was the top earning rentable French music of the year thanks in part for Farmer and Boutonnat's collaboration, which earned 10.4 million €.[15][16]

In the same year Le Figaro newspaper announced as Alizée's music was the top earning rentable French music of the year thanks in part for Farmer and Boutonnat's collaboration, which earned 10.4 million €.[15][16] It was also certified platinum in Europe, double gold in Belgium and platinum in Switzerland.

Track list[edit]

All lyrics written by Mylène Farmer with the help of Alizée talking about herself, what her likes, doubts and desires, all music composed by Laurent Boutonnat.

No. Title Length
1. "Moi... Lolita"   4:27
2. "Lui ou toi"   4:18
3. "L'Alizé"   4:18
4. "J.B.G"   4:00
5. "Mon maquis"   5:44
6. "Parler tout bas"   4:42
7. "Veni vedi vici"   4:22
8. "Abracadabra"   4:08
9. "Gourmandises"   4:15
10. "À quoi rêve une jeune fille"   4:09


Credits adapted from Gourmandises liner notes.

Charts and Sales[edit]

The album was considered a commercial success. In France within one week, sales of the album debuted on tenth place on the French Top 100 Albums Chart. Reach the number 1 of the charts in the ninth week being on the top all that weeks in a month of the release the album it was certified platinum. In Europe, the album single Moi... Lolita became popular, the album start under the European chart lists reaching in the most part of them on the top 25.[citation needed] After being on the French top charts throughout the year, double gold in Belgium, platinum in Europe and certified and reached on top positions in many countries. In 2002 the album was still listed on the top charts and for that moment the album was certified double platinum in France.[citation needed]

Weekly charts[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format
France 28 November 2000 Polydor CD
United Kingdom CD
France 3 December 2000 CD
Switzerland CD
Europe 16 January 2001
Germany 12 February 2001 CD
Asia 10 April 2001 CD
Canada 25 June 2001 Universal Republic CD/DVD

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d http://www.ifpi.org/content/section_news/plat2002.html
  2. ^ a b http://www.dailyprincetonian.com/archives/2001/09/27/arts/3423.shtml
  3. ^ a b http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/1858520.stm
  4. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Alizée-Gourmandises/release/2241399
  5. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/artist/alizée-mn0000010817was
  6. ^ a b http://www.allmusic.com/artist/alizée-mn0000010817
  7. ^ lescharts.com - Alizée - Moi... Lolita
  8. ^ Allmusic|class=album|id=r524822|pure_url=yes
  9. ^ http://www.dailyprincetonian.com/archives/2001/09/27/arts/3423.shtml link
  10. ^ <http://www.popjustice.com/popstars/alizee/>
  11. ^ http://jenesaispop.com/2013/07/02/clasicos-que-nunca-lo-fueron-gourmandises-de-alizee/
  12. ^ Eric Harkleroad. "French teen queen breaks the mold". Retrieved 2007-03-20. 
  13. ^ InfoDisc : Les 45 T. / Singles les plus vendus en France
  14. ^ InfoDisc : Les 45 T. / Singles les plus vendus en France
  15. ^ a b Figaro Entreprises, 14 February 2002
  16. ^ a b Mylène Farmer Biography at RFI Musique
  17. ^ a b c d e f http://australian-charts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=Aliz%E9e&titel=Gourmandises&cat=a
  18. ^ a b c d http://www.alizee-fanpage.com/page.php?language=en&content=charts
  19. ^ a b http://www.snepmusique.com/fr/pag-259165-DISQUES-D-OR.html?year=2001
  20. ^ http://www.officialcharts.de/album.asp?artist=Aliz%E9e&title=Gourmandises&cat=a&country=de
  21. ^ http://archivio.sorrisi.com/sorrisi/lettere/art023001043436.jsp
  22. ^ http://www.oricon.co.jp/prof/artist/269030/ranking/cd_album/
  23. ^ http://muzyka.interia.pl/plyty/plyta/alizee-gourmandises,801
  24. ^ "Belgium Database". Fan Of Music. Retrieved 2012-02-19. 
  25. ^ Steffen Hung. "Die Offizielle Schweizer Hitparade und Music Community". Hitparade.ch. Retrieved 2012-02-19. 

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