Zen (Zazie album)

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Studio album by Zazie
Released 7 January 1995
Recorded 1994
Genre Pop
Length 59:27
Label Polygram, Universal Music
Producer Vincent-Marie Bouvot
Zazie chronology
Je, Tu, Ils
Made in Love
Singles from Zen
  1. "Larsen"
    Released: 1994
  2. "Zen"
    Released: 1995
  3. "Un point c'est toi"
    Released: 1995
  4. "Homme sweet homme"
    Released: 1997
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]

Zen is a 1995 album recorded by French pop singer Zazie. It was her second studio album and was released on 7 January 1995. The album achieved success in francophone countries and provided five singles (two of them were only released as promotional singles): "Larsen" (#38 in France), "Zen" (#23 in France) and "Un point c'est toi" (#24 in France).


The vast majority of the lyrics and the music of the album were written and composed by Zazie. However, Pascal Obispo, Phil Baron and Vincent-Marie Bouvot also participated in this album.

"Zen" was recorded in a cellar named Unrealworld Studios, as reference to Realworld Studios of Peter Gabriel where he had recorded his first album. This album was supported by a 42-concert tours throughout France, including three shows at La Cigale in Paris.

The music video for "Larsen" was produced by Phillippe André and won the prize of 'best music video' at the 1996 Victoires de la Musique. And for the song "Je t'aime mais", it was a tribute to Serge Gainsbourg.

Track listings[edit]

All lyrics written by Zazie, except "Homme sweet homme (Remix)" by Vincent-Marie Bouvot & Zazie.

No. Title Music Length
1. "Fou de toi" Vincent-Marie Bouvot, Zazie 3:19
2. "Homme sweet homme" Zazie 3:36
3. "Larsen" Vincent-Marie Bouvot, Zazie 4:21
4. "Un point c'est toi" Vincent-Marie Bouvot, Zazie 3:32
5. "Je t'aime mais" Zazie 4:18
6. "Zen" Pascal Obispo 3:53
7. "Craque monsieur" Vincent-Marie Bouvot 3:45
8. "Au diable nos adieux" Vincent-Marie Bouvot, Zazie 4:37
9. "Hissée haut" Zazie 3:50
10. "Une souris verte" Zazie 3:40
11. "J'envoie valser" Phil Baron 2:51
12. "La la la" Zazie 4:00
13. "Homme sweet homme (Remix)1
Les moutons..." (Hidden track, starts at 4:12)
Vincent-Marie Bouvot, Zazie 13:41

1 Only available on the 1996 issue

Credits and personnel[edit]

  • Accordion : Phil Baron
  • Acoustic guitar, background vocals : Pascal Obispo
  • Bass : Nicolas Fiszman, Laurent Gueneau and Pierre Jaconelli
  • Clavichord : Vic Emerson, Vincent-Marie Bouvot and Zazie
  • Cristal bachet : Thomas Bloch
  • Djembe, fute de pong : Nicolas Fiszman
  • Drums : Nicolas Ackermann and Yvan Ackermann
  • Electric guitar : Laurent Gueneau and Pierre Jaconelli
  • Guitar : Michael Ohayon, Nicolas Fiszman, Stéphane Reichart, Kamil Rustam, Laurent Gueneau, Pierre Jaconelli and Vincent-Marie Bouvot
  • Multi instruments : Steve Shehan
  • Organ (hammond) : Jean Mora
  • Organ, piano : Zazie
  • Percussion, scratching : Dee Nasty
  • Udu and shakoeuf Yvan Ackermann
  • Uillean pipes : Marc Pollier
  • Strings : Vincent-Marie Bouvot
Recording and photo
  • Mixing : Nick Davis, Zazie, Phil Delire and Vincent-Marie Bouvot
  • Mixing assistant : Shaun DeFeo
  • Executive producer Caroline Molko
  • Programming : Zazie, Vincent-Marie Bouvot and Pascal Obispo
  • Photo : Youri Lenquette and Jean-Christophe Polien

Certifications and sales[edit]

Country Certification Date Sales certified
France[2] Gold 1996 100,000



  1. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/r307324
  2. ^ "Albums certifications in France, database (see: "Les Ventes" => "Toutes les certifications depuis 1973" => "ZAZIE")". Infodisc. Archived from the original on June 1, 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-26. 
  3. ^ a b "Zen, in various albums charts". Lescharts. Retrieved 2009-07-26. 
  4. ^ "1996 French Albums Chart". Disqueenfrance. Retrieved 2009-07-25. 
  5. ^ "1997 Belgian (Wallonia) Albums Chart". Ultratop. Retrieved 2009-07-25.