Le chant des sirènes

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Le chant des sirènes
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Studio album by Orelsan
Released 26 September 2011
Recorded 2010–2011
Genre French hip hop
Length 62:54
Language French
Label 3e Bureau, 7th Magnitude, Wagram
Producer Broad Rush, Marc Chouarain, Cookin' Soul, Orelsan, Félipé Saldivia, Fred Savio, Skread
Orelsan chronology
Perdu d'avance
(2009)
Le chant des sirènes
(2011)
Orelsan et Gringe sont les Casseurs Flowters
(2013)
Singles from Le chant des sirènes
  1. "RaelSan"
    Released: May 30, 2011
  2. "Double vie"
    Released: June 9, 2011
  3. "Plus rien ne m'étonne"
    Released: July 25, 2011
  4. "Suicide social"
    Released: September 15, 2011
  5. "La terre est ronde"
    Released: December 24, 2011
  6. "Ils sont cools"
    Released: June 22, 2012

Le chant des sirènes is the second studio album of French rapper Orelsan, released on 26 September 2011 by 3ème Bureau, 7th Magnitude and Wagram Music.

In its first week, the album entered the French Albums Chart in third place with 15,529 copies sold in its first week,[1] and is certified platinum in France.[2][3] It has received generally positive reviews from music critics.

Background[edit]

After his debut album Perdu d'avance in 2009, Orelsan said he was "resting on his laurels"[4] and that he had "gone through hard times".[5]

The album is called Le chant des sirènes (French for "the siren's song"), because it is "at an age and in an era where there are many temptations, many addicitions, a lot more than in the time of our grandparents. All my songs talk about it," explains Orelsan.[6] In a similar fashion he explains the title of his album:

Composition[edit]

The album deals with what happened in Orelsan's life since his first album. "I did a tour, going into show biz," he explains.[8]


In an interview with Les Inrocks, Orelsan says that he didn't know what to talk about anymore. He explains, "In my first album, I talked about the previous ten years of my life, and at the time I almost never lived at all: I did a tour, sparked a controversy and banged three groupies (laughs)." On his first album, Perdu d'avance, Orelsan wrote fourteen songs without touching up anything, and threw about thirty songs away before finding "this mix of rapping and singing, this mix of myself and someone I'm not." He also says that he introduced more fiction, something that he wouldn't do before. He continues, "I confined myself at home, I went on vacations alone. I was at times very depressed."[9] In another interview, Orelsan explains that the album's title song "Le chant des sirènes" was "a breaking point".

According to the rapper, the song "La petite marchande de porte-clefs" is one that "dragged on for a long time". In finding a subject matter for the song, he explains that he came across a report on the post-Olympic Games in Beijing and what happened to people who were exploited there, and also saw something on the kidnappings of children in China. He says that he imagined "the destiny of a girl my age who would've lived all that."


For the track "1990", which was initially called "Dans les années 1990" ("In the 1990s"), Orelsan wanted to "try and write a track today with references of the time." He says that "in these recent times, there's a tendency of returning to the rap of those years."[5]

Orelsan describes the song "Suicide social", which was released as the album's fourth single on September 15, 2011 before the album's release, as "really a series of clichés", adding that he would have been able to make the song last 4 minutes more. In an interview, he says that talking about people "as groups, as social classes, as layers, is bullshit," and that the song is to be taken as an example of what not to do.

Singles[edit]

Le chant des sirènes produced 6 singles:

  • "RaelSan" was released as the lead single on 30 May 2011. Its title is a reference to Raël, the founder of Raëlism. It peaked at number 77 on the French Singles Chart, and its music video was nominated for the "Music Video of the Year" award at the 2012 Victoires de la Musique award ceremony.
  • "Double vie" was released as a follow-up single to "RaelSan" on 9 June 2011, but never entered the French Singles Chart.
  • "Plus rien ne m'étonne" was released as the album's third single on 25 July 2011, peaking at number 46 on the French Singles Chart.
  • "Suicide social" was released as the album's fourth single on 15 September 2011. It peaked at number 53 on the French Singles Chart.
  • "La terre est ronde" was released as the album's fifth single on 24 December 2011. Peaking at number 9 on the French Singles Chart and at number 15 on Belgium's Wallonian Ultratop 50 Singles Chart, it was nominated for the "Best Song" award at the 2013 edition of the Trace Urban Music Awards.
  • "Ils sont cools" was released as the album's sixth single on 22 June 2012. It entered the French Singles Chart at number 143, and peaked at number 66.

Reception[edit]

Critical reception and accolades[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[10]
Best Ever Albums69/100[11]
Fnac4.5/5 stars[12]
Sens Critique6.2/10[13]
2K Music4/5 stars[14]

Le chant des sirènes has received generally positive reviews from music critics. For Éric Mandel of Journal du Dimanche, Orelsan "drives the point home with a stunning song: "Suicide social". It alternates trash humour and existential questions, homage to the origins of rap and the art of storytelling."[15] Musical blog Goûte Mes Disques says, "Le chant des sirènes appears as a light and shade: an album punctuated by some flashes of genius and, unfortunately, also by several tracks that could be described as rather ordinary."[16] Thierry Cadet of Pure Charts says the album is "written in bitterness, sparing no one." He goes on to say that the album's title is "like a satire of our time and the younger generations."[17]

According to Désinvolt, since Orelsan released his first album, "time did its course, the artist came of age and on Le chant des sirènes, the themes approached become more personal, more thoughtful, evolution is assumed until the end and finally it is all of his work which gains depth."[18]

On 3 March 2012, Le chant des sirènes won the Victoire de la Musique award for Urban Music Album of the Year.[19][20][21][22][23]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album entered the French Albums Charts in third place with 15,529 copies sold in its first week, doing much better than Perdu d'avance, which entered in 20th place with 3,365 copies sold.[1] In its second week, Le chant des sirènes went down eight places, finding itself in 11th place with 4,668 more copies sold.[24]

One month after release, Le chant des sirènes was certified gold in France with over 50,000 copies sold.[25][26] 6 months after release, the album had sold more than 70,000 copies, and was certified platinum in France in 2012.[2][3]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleProducer(s)Length
1."RaelSan"Skread4:15
2."Le chant des sirènes"Skread5:47
3."Plus rien ne m'étonne"Skread3:38
4."Mauvaise idée"Broad Rush3:20
5."Double vie"Skread3:58
6."Finir mal"Skread4:48
7."Si seul"Skread4:07
8."Des trous dans la tête"Skread4:01
9."La petite marchande de porte-clefs"Marc Chouarain, Orelsan4:16
10."La terre est ronde"Fred Savio3:39
11."1990"Skread1:38
12."2010"Skread2:44
13."La morale"Skread, Félipé Saldivia4:03
14."Ils sont cools" (featuring Gringe)Cookin' Soul3:37
15."Suicide social"Skread5:41
16."Elle viendra quand même"Skread3:22
Total length:62:54
Notes
  • "Plus rien ne m'étonne" features vocals by Isleym.
  • "La petite marchande de porte-clefs" features vocals by Shu Pan.

Personnel[edit]

Credits for Le chant des sirènes adapted from Discogs.[27]

  • Broad Rush – Producer, instrumentation, programming
  • Wahib Chehata – Photography
  • Marc Chouarain – Producer, instrumentation, programming
  • Cookin' Soul – Producer
  • Frédéric Curier – Mixing
  • Isleym – Vocals
  • Orelsan – Producer, primary artist
  • Shu Pan – Vocals
  • Félipé Saldivia – Producer, instrumentation
  • Fred Savio – Producer, instrumentation, programming
  • Skread – Producer, instrumentation, programming
  • David Soudan – Mixing
  • Dany Synthé – Synthesizer
  • David Tomaszewski – Art direction
  • Mr Viktor – Scratching

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2011) Peak
position
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[28] 10
French Albums (SNEP)[29] 3
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[30] 32

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
France (UPFI)[31] Gold 50,000[32]
France (UPFI)[31] Platinum 100,000[33]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b "Palmarès 2012 des certifications UPFI" (in French). UPFI. Retrieved 23 March 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Les Albums 2011 : Orelsan, "Le chant des sirènes"" (in French). ChartsInFrance.net. 17 December 2011. Retrieved 24 March 2014. 
  4. ^ a b François-Luc Doyez (21 September 2011). "Orelsan dans le texte" (in French). ChartsInFrance.net. Retrieved 24 March 2014. 
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  6. ^ Adrien Toffolet (28 September 2011). "Je n'ai jamais appelé à frapper une femme" (in French). Evene. Retrieved 24 March 2014. 
  7. ^ Pierre Siankowski (27 August 2011). "Je suis allé au restau chinois avec Orelsan" (in French). Les Inrocks. Retrieved 24 March 2014. 
  8. ^ "Orelsan : Attention au "Chant des Sirènes"" (in French). France Soir. 27 September 2011. Retrieved 24 March 2014. 
  9. ^ ""Baise-moi"/"Sale pute": rencontre entre Orelsan et Virginie Despentes"" (in French). Les Inrocks. 11 October 2011. Retrieved 24 March 2014. 
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  11. ^ Best Ever Albums
  12. ^ Fnac
  13. ^ Sens Critique
  14. ^ 2K Music
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  16. ^ "Le chant des sirènes" (in French). Goûte Mes Disques. 20 October 2011. Retrieved 24 March 2014. 
  17. ^ Thierry Cadet (29 September 2011). "L'actu des sorties CD de la semaine" (in French). ChartsInFrance.net. Retrieved 24 March 2014. 
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  26. ^ OrelSan - Le chant des sirènes disque d'or Archived 2013-06-29 at Archive.is
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  30. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Orelsan – Le chant des sirènes". Hung Medien. Retrieved 24 March 2014.
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  33. ^ "Palmarès 2012 des certifications UPFI". UPFI. Retrieved 12 August 2014.