Benjamin Biolay

Benjamin Biolay

Often compared to the legendary Serge Gainsbourg, singer/songwriter/arranger Benjamin Biolay is less apt to call on some lovely like Brigitte Bardot or Françoise Hardy to sing his songs when he can do it just as well himself -- although Gainsbourg did often duet with his protégées, most notably Jane Birkin on the scandalous international hit "Je T'aime...Moi Non Plus." Not that the handsome, honey-voiced Biolay hasn't worked with a few female vocalists on occasion, like, for instance, his younger sister, Coralie Clément, who has sometimes been compared to Hardy and Birkin. Biolay arranged and wrote most of the songs on her 2001 debut, Salle des Pas Perdus (which was released in the U.S. in 2002). Benjamin Biolay was born in Villefranche-sur-Saône, France, in 1973. His father was a clarinet player and member of the local orchestra. Biolay played the violin as a young man, going on to study the instrument at the Lyons Conservatoire. Over the years, his musical interests would grow to encompass classical (Mozart, Beethoven), American pop (Chuck Berry, the Beatles), and traditional French music (Trenet). From the violin, he moved on to the tuba, trombone, guitar, and piano. When he was 13, he discovered Gainsbourg's "Histoire de Melody Nelson," which would have a big influence on his own concept recording (2001's Rose Kennedy). From his teens through his early twenties, Biolay was a member of several groups, including Wind? and Mateo Gallion. The latter released a CD in 1994, which made little impact. In 1996, he was signed as a solo artist to EMI, but his initial singles also met with little success. Then, in 1999 he met Keren Ann Zeidel (aka Keren Ann), with whom he composed the 2000 French hit "Jardin D'hiver" for Henri Salvador's comeback album (Chambre Avec Vue). He would go on to collaborate with Keren Ann on Biographie de Luka Phillipsen (2000) and La Disparition (2002). In some form or another, Biolay has also worked with Hubert Mounier (aka Cleet Boris), Isabelle Boulay, Françoise Hardy, and Jane Birkin.In 2001, Biolay released his full-length debut, Rose Kennedy, a concept album full of hushed vocals, lush strings, and lyrical musings about the Kennedy family -- and Marilyn Monroe -- mostly from the point of view of family matriarch Rose. The recording features audio excerpts that evoke those golden years when JFK was in the White House, brother Robert was attorney general, and Monroe was on the silver screen. Other than the English samples (from Some Like It Hot, Monroe's "River of No Return," etc.), Rose Kennedy is in French and wasn't released in the U.S. Also in 2001, Biolay issued the Remix EP, featuring new versions of seven Rose Kennedy songs. In 2003, he released Négatif, featuring guest appearances by Chiara and Coralie.

Title Album Genre Tools
L'Espoir Fait Vivre La Superbe [Disc 2] Alternative, Pop
Client:
Artist:
Benjamin Biolay
Era:
2000s
Genres:
Alternative and Pop
Instruments:
Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Drums, Electronic, Guitar, Keyboard, and Percussion
Key:
A minor
Keywords:
Atmospheric, Bright, Driving, Feel-Good, Moody, and Sentimental
Scene Descriptions:
Best Friends, Frat Party, In Love, Road Trip, and Sunny Day
Subgenres:
Europop and Indie Rock
Tempo:
Moderate
Vocal Types:
male
CD/Track #:
La Superbe [Disc 2], #1
Release Year:
2009
Track ID:
21715
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La Superbe La Superbe Alternative, Pop
Client:
Artist:
Benjamin Biolay
Era:
2000s
Genres:
Alternative and Pop
Instruments:
Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Drums, Electronic, Guitar, Keyboard, Percussion, Piano, Saxophone, and Strings
Key:
E minor
Keywords:
Atmospheric, Climactic, Dark, Dramatic, Driving, Moody, and Ominous
Scene Descriptions:
Goodbye, Heartbreak, In Love, Morning After, and Rainy Day
Subgenres:
Europop and Indie Rock
Tempo:
Moderate
Vocal Types:
male
CD/Track #:
La Superbe, #1
Release Year:
2009
Track ID:
21727
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15 Aout La Superbe Pop
Client:
Artist:
Benjamin Biolay
Era:
2000s
Genres:
Pop
Instruments:
Bass, Guitar, and Keyboard
Keywords:
Feel-Good
Scene Descriptions:
Road Trip and Sunny Day
Subgenres:
Europop
Tempo:
Moderate
Vocal Types:
male
CD/Track #:
La Superbe, #2
Release Year:
0
Track ID:
21728
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Lyon Presqu'île La Superbe [Disc 2] Pop
Client:
Artist:
Benjamin Biolay
Era:
2000s
Genres:
Pop
Instruments:
Bass, Guitar, Keyboard, and Strings
Keywords:
Sentimental
Scene Descriptions:
Sunny Day
Subgenres:
Europop
Tempo:
Moderate
Vocal Types:
male
CD/Track #:
La Superbe [Disc 2], #7
Release Year:
0
Track ID:
21721
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Brandt Rhapsodie La Superbe Alternative, Pop
Client:
Artist:
Benjamin Biolay
Era:
2000s
Genres:
Alternative and Pop
Instruments:
Bass, Drums, Electronic, Guitar, Keyboard, Percussion, and Piano
Key:
D minor
Keywords:
Atmospheric, Bright, Driving, Funky/Groove, Moody, Ominous, Quirky, and Romantic
Scene Descriptions:
End Title/Credits, In Love, Make-Out, Make-Up, Sunny Day, and Wedding
Subgenres:
Europop and Indie Rock
Tempo:
Moderate
Vocal Types:
female and male
CD/Track #:
La Superbe, #11
Release Year:
2009
Track ID:
21737
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Les Grands Ensembles La Superbe [Disc 2] Alternative, Pop
Client:
Artist:
Benjamin Biolay
Era:
2000s
Genres:
Alternative and Pop
Instruments:
Bass, Drums, Electronic, Guitar, and Keyboard
Key:
B minor
Keywords:
Atmospheric, Dark, Driving, Epic, Funky/Groove, and Ominous
Scene Descriptions:
Best Friends, End Title/Credits, Goodbye, Heartbreak, and Road Trip
Subgenres:
Europop and Indie Rock
Tempo:
Moderate
Vocal Types:
male
CD/Track #:
La Superbe [Disc 2], #12
Release Year:
2009
Track ID:
21726
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Jaloux De Tout La Superbe [Disc 2] Alternative, Pop
Client:
Artist:
Benjamin Biolay
Era:
2000s
Genres:
Alternative and Pop
Instruments:
Bass, Drums, Electronic, Guitar, Keyboard, and Strings
Key:
D minor
Keywords:
Atmospheric, Dark, Driving, Moody, Ominous, and Sentimental
Scene Descriptions:
In Love, Make-Out, Morning After, Rainy Day, and Road Trip
Subgenres:
Europop and Indie Rock
Tempo:
Moderate
Vocal Types:
male
CD/Track #:
La Superbe [Disc 2], #10
Release Year:
2009
Track ID:
21724
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Assez Parlé De Moi La Superbe [Disc 2] Pop
Client:
Artist:
Benjamin Biolay
Era:
2000s
Genres:
Pop
Instruments:
Bass, Guitar, Keyboard, and Percussion
Keywords:
Driving
Scene Descriptions:
Night Club
Subgenres:
Europop
Tempo:
Moderate
Vocal Types:
male
CD/Track #:
La Superbe [Disc 2], #4
Release Year:
0
Track ID:
21718
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15 Septembre La Superbe [Disc 2] Alternative, Pop
Client:
Artist:
Benjamin Biolay
Era:
2000s
Genres:
Alternative and Pop
Instruments:
Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Drums, Electronic, Guitar, Keyboard, and Piano
Key:
B minor
Keywords:
Atmospheric, Bright, Dramatic, Driving, Feel-Good, Moody, and Ominous
Scene Descriptions:
Goodbye, Heartbreak, In Love, Morning After, and Sunny Day
Subgenres:
Europop and Indie Rock
Tempo:
Moderate
Vocal Types:
male
CD/Track #:
La Superbe [Disc 2], #11
Release Year:
2009
Track ID:
21725
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Reviens Mon Amour La Superbe [Disc 2] Alternative, Pop
Client:
Artist:
Benjamin Biolay
Era:
2000s
Genres:
Alternative and Pop
Instruments:
Bass, Drums, Electronic, Guitar, Keyboard, and Strings
Key:
D
Keywords:
Atmospheric, Bright, Driving, Feel-Good, Funky/Groove, and Romantic
Scene Descriptions:
Best Friends, In Love, Make-Out, Morning After, Sunny Day, and Wedding
Subgenres:
Europop and Indie Rock
Tempo:
Moderate
Vocal Types:
male
CD/Track #:
La Superbe [Disc 2], #9
Release Year:
2009
Track ID:
21723
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Mélancolique La Superbe [Disc 2] Pop
Client:
Artist:
Benjamin Biolay
Era:
2000s
Genres:
Pop
Instruments:
Bass, Guitar, and Keyboard
Keywords:
Feel-Good
Scene Descriptions:
Goodbye and Road Trip
Subgenres:
Europop
Tempo:
Moderate
Vocal Types:
male
CD/Track #:
La Superbe [Disc 2], #8
Release Year:
0
Track ID:
21722
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Tout Ça Me Tourmente La Superbe [Disc 2] Pop
Client:
Artist:
Benjamin Biolay
Era:
2000s
Genres:
Pop
Instruments:
Bass, Guitar, Keyboard, and Percussion
Keywords:
Sentimental
Scene Descriptions:
Goodbye and Rainy Day
Subgenres:
Europop
Tempo:
Moderate
Vocal Types:
male
CD/Track #:
La Superbe [Disc 2], #3
Release Year:
0
Track ID:
21717
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La Toxicomanie La Superbe Alternative, Pop
Client:
Artist:
Benjamin Biolay
Era:
2000s
Genres:
Alternative and Pop
Instruments:
Bass, Drums, Keyboard, Percussion, Piano, Saxophone, and Trumpet
Key:
A minor
Keywords:
Atmospheric, Dark, Dramatic, Moody, Ominous, and Sentimental
Scene Descriptions:
Goodbye, Heartbreak, Morning After, and Rainy Day
Subgenres:
Europop and Indie Rock
Tempo:
Slow
Vocal Types:
male
CD/Track #:
La Superbe, #10
Release Year:
2009
Track ID:
21736
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L'Espoir Fait Vivre La Superbe (instrumentals) Alternative, Pop
Client:
Artist:
Benjamin Biolay
Era:
2000s
Genres:
Alternative and Pop
Instruments:
Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Drums, Electronic, Guitar, Keyboard, and Percussion
Key:
A minor
Keywords:
Atmospheric, Bright, Driving, Feel-Good, Moody, and Sentimental
Scene Descriptions:
Best Friends, Frat Party, In Love, Road Trip, and Sunny Day
Subgenres:
Europop and Indie Rock
Tempo:
Moderate
Vocal Types:
instrumental
CD/Track #:
La Superbe (instrumentals), #1
Release Year:
2009
Track ID:
21738
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Night Shop La Superbe Alternative, Pop
Client:
Artist:
Benjamin Biolay
Era:
2000s
Genres:
Alternative and Pop
Instruments:
Bass, Drums, Electronic, Guitar, Keyboard, Percussion, Piano, and Strings
Key:
C minor
Keywords:
Atmospheric, Bright, Feel-Good, Moody, Ominous, and Sentimental
Scene Descriptions:
Goodbye, Heartbreak, In Love, and Morning After
Subgenres:
Europop and Indie Rock
Tempo:
Slow
Vocal Types:
male
CD/Track #:
La Superbe, #7
Release Year:
2009
Track ID:
21733
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Sans Viser Personne La Superbe Alternative, Pop
Client:
Artist:
Benjamin Biolay
Era:
2000s
Genres:
Alternative and Pop
Instruments:
Bass, Drums, Electronic, Guitar, Keyboard, Percussion, and Piano
Key:
E♭ minor
Keywords:
Atmospheric, Bright, Dramatic, Moody, Ominous, Percussive/Drums, and Romantic
Scene Descriptions:
Goodbye, Heartbreak, In Love, Morning After, and Rainy Day
Subgenres:
Europop and Indie Rock
Tempo:
Moderate
Vocal Types:
male
CD/Track #:
La Superbe, #9
Release Year:
2009
Track ID:
21735
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Tu Es Mon Amour La Superbe Alternative, Pop
Client:
Artist:
Benjamin Biolay
Era:
2000s
Genres:
Alternative and Pop
Instruments:
Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Drums, Guitar, Percussion, and Piano
Key:
G minor
Keywords:
Acoustic/Unplugged, Atmospheric, Dark, Feel-Good, Moody, Ominous, and Romantic
Scene Descriptions:
Goodbye, Heartbreak, In Love, Morning After, and Rainy Day
Subgenres:
Europop and Indie Rock
Tempo:
Moderate
Vocal Types:
male
CD/Track #:
La Superbe, #8
Release Year:
2009
Track ID:
21734
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Ton Héritage La Superbe Pop
Client:
Artist:
Benjamin Biolay
Era:
2000s
Genres:
Pop
Instruments:
Keyboard
Keywords:
Sentimental
Scene Descriptions:
Goodbye and Rainy Day
Subgenres:
Europop
Tempo:
Slow
Vocal Types:
male
CD/Track #:
La Superbe, #5
Release Year:
0
Track ID:
21731
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Miss Catastrophe La Superbe Alternative, Pop
Client:
Artist:
Benjamin Biolay
Era:
2000s
Genres:
Alternative and Pop
Instruments:
Bass, Drums, Electronic, Guitar, Keyboard, Percussion, Saxophone, and Strings
Key:
C♯ minor
Keywords:
Atmospheric, Bright, Feel-Good, Funky/Groove, Moody, and Ominous
Scene Descriptions:
Goodbye, Heartbreak, Morning After, Rainy Day, and Road Trip
Subgenres:
Europop and Indie Rock
Tempo:
Moderate
Vocal Types:
male
CD/Track #:
La Superbe, #4
Release Year:
2009
Track ID:
21730
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Si Tu Suis Mon Regard La Superbe Alternative, Pop
Client:
Artist:
Benjamin Biolay
Era:
2000s
Genres:
Alternative and Pop
Instruments:
Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Drums, Electronic, Guitar, Keyboard, Piano, and Strings
Key:
D
Keywords:
Atmospheric, Bright, Driving, Feel-Good, Moody, Percussive/Drums, and Sentimental
Scene Descriptions:
Best Friends, In Love, Make-Out, Road Trip, and Sunny Day
Subgenres:
Europop and Indie Rock
Tempo:
Moderate
Vocal Types:
male
CD/Track #:
La Superbe, #6
Release Year:
2009
Track ID:
21732
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La Toxicomanie La Superbe (instrumentals) Alternative, Pop
Client:
Artist:
Benjamin Biolay
Era:
2000s
Genres:
Alternative and Pop
Instruments:
Bass, Drums, Keyboard, Percussion, Piano, Saxophone, and Trumpet
Key:
A minor
Keywords:
Atmospheric, Dark, Dramatic, Moody, Ominous, and Sentimental
Scene Descriptions:
Goodbye, Heartbreak, Morning After, and Rainy Day
Subgenres:
Europop and Indie Rock
Tempo:
Slow
Vocal Types:
instrumental
CD/Track #:
La Superbe (instrumentals), #19
Release Year:
2009
Track ID:
21747
instrumental 160k MP3
Sans Viser Personne La Superbe (instrumentals) Alternative, Pop
Client:
Artist:
Benjamin Biolay
Era:
2000s
Genres:
Alternative and Pop
Instruments:
Bass, Drums, Electronic, Guitar, Keyboard, Percussion, and Piano
Key:
E♭ minor
Keywords:
Atmospheric, Bright, Dramatic, Moody, Ominous, Percussive/Drums, and Romantic
Scene Descriptions:
Goodbye, Heartbreak, In Love, Morning After, and Rainy Day
Subgenres:
Europop and Indie Rock
Tempo:
Moderate
Vocal Types:
instrumental
CD/Track #:
La Superbe (instrumentals), #17
Release Year:
2009
Track ID:
21745
instrumental 160k MP3
Tu Es Mon Amour La Superbe (instrumentals) Alternative, Pop
Client:
Artist:
Benjamin Biolay
Era:
2000s
Genres:
Alternative and Pop
Instruments:
Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Drums, Guitar, Percussion, and Piano
Key:
G minor
Keywords:
Acoustic/Unplugged, Atmospheric, Dark, Feel-Good, Moody, Ominous, and Romantic
Scene Descriptions:
Goodbye, Heartbreak, In Love, Morning After, and Rainy Day
Subgenres:
Europop and Indie Rock
Tempo:
Moderate
Vocal Types:
instrumental
CD/Track #:
La Superbe (instrumentals), #15
Release Year:
2009
Track ID:
21743
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Jaloux De Tout La Superbe (instrumentals) Alternative, Pop
Client:
Artist:
Benjamin Biolay
Era:
2000s
Genres:
Alternative and Pop
Instruments:
Bass, Drums, Electronic, Guitar, Keyboard, and Strings
Key:
D minor
Keywords:
Atmospheric, Dark, Driving, Moody, Ominous, and Sentimental
Scene Descriptions:
In Love, Make-Out, Morning After, Rainy Day, and Road Trip
Subgenres:
Europop and Indie Rock
Tempo:
Moderate
Vocal Types:
instrumental
CD/Track #:
La Superbe (instrumentals), #18
Release Year:
2009
Track ID:
21746
instrumental 160k MP3
Assez parlé de moi La Superbe (instrumentals) Pop
Client:
Artist:
Benjamin Biolay
Era:
2000s
Genres:
Pop
Instruments:
Bass, Guitar, Keyboard, and Percussion
Keywords:
Driving
Scene Descriptions:
Night Club
Subgenres:
Europop
Tempo:
Moderate
Vocal Types:
instrumental
CD/Track #:
La Superbe (instrumentals), #6
Release Year:
0
Track ID:
21741
instrumental 160k MP3
Si Tu Suis Mon Regard La Superbe (instrumentals) Alternative, Pop
Client:
Artist:
Benjamin Biolay
Era:
2000s
Genres:
Alternative and Pop
Instruments:
Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Drums, Electronic, Guitar, Keyboard, Piano, and Strings
Key:
D
Keywords:
Atmospheric, Bright, Driving, Feel-Good, Moody, Percussive/Drums, and Sentimental
Scene Descriptions:
Best Friends, In Love, Make-Out, Road Trip, and Sunny Day
Subgenres:
Europop and Indie Rock
Tempo:
Moderate
Vocal Types:
instrumental
CD/Track #:
La Superbe (instrumentals), #11
Release Year:
2009
Track ID:
21742
instrumental 160k MP3
Reviens Mon Amour La Superbe (instrumentals) Alternative, Pop
Client:
Artist:
Benjamin Biolay
Era:
2000s
Genres:
Alternative and Pop
Instruments:
Bass, Drums, Electronic, Guitar, Keyboard, and Strings
Key:
D
Keywords:
Atmospheric, Bright, Driving, Feel-Good, Funky/Groove, and Romantic
Scene Descriptions:
Best Friends, In Love, Make-Out, Morning After, Sunny Day, and Wedding
Subgenres:
Europop and Indie Rock
Tempo:
Moderate
Vocal Types:
instrumental
CD/Track #:
La Superbe (instrumentals), #16
Release Year:
2009
Track ID:
21744
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Tout ça me tourmente La Superbe (instrumentals) Pop
Client:
Artist:
Benjamin Biolay
Era:
2000s
Genres:
Pop
Instruments:
Bass, Guitar, Keyboard, and Percussion
Keywords:
Sentimental
Scene Descriptions:
Goodbye and Rainy Day
Subgenres:
Europop
Tempo:
Moderate
Vocal Types:
instrumental
CD/Track #:
La Superbe (instrumentals), #5
Release Year:
0
Track ID:
21740
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Padam La Superbe Alternative, Pop
Client:
Artist:
Benjamin Biolay
Era:
2000s
Genres:
Alternative and Pop
Instruments:
Bass, Drums, Electronic, Guitar, Keyboard, and Strings
Key:
C minor
Keywords:
Atmospheric, Bright, Driving, Feel-Good, Funky/Groove, Moody, and Ominous
Scene Descriptions:
In Love, Make-Out, Night Club, Road Trip, and Sunny Day
Subgenres:
Europop and Indie Rock
Tempo:
Moderate
Vocal Types:
male
CD/Track #:
La Superbe, #3
Release Year:
2009
Track ID:
21729
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Prenons Le Large La Superbe [Disc 2] Alternative, Pop
Client:
Artist:
Benjamin Biolay
Era:
2000s
Genres:
Alternative and Pop
Instruments:
Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Drums, Electronic, Guitar, Keyboard, and Percussion
Key:
D
Keywords:
Atmospheric, Bright, Dramatic, Driving, Feel-Good, and Moody
Scene Descriptions:
Best Friends, In Love, Make-Out, Road Trip, and Sunny Day
Subgenres:
Europop and Indie Rock
Tempo:
Moderate
Vocal Types:
male
CD/Track #:
La Superbe [Disc 2], #2
Release Year:
2009
Track ID:
21716
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Prenons Le Large La Superbe (instrumentals) Alternative, Pop
Client:
Artist:
Benjamin Biolay
Era:
2000s
Genres:
Alternative and Pop
Instruments:
Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Drums, Electronic, Guitar, Keyboard, and Percussion
Key:
D
Keywords:
Atmospheric, Bright, Dramatic, Driving, Feel-Good, and Moody
Scene Descriptions:
Best Friends, In Love, Make-Out, Road Trip, and Sunny Day
Subgenres:
Europop and Indie Rock
Tempo:
Moderate
Vocal Types:
instrumental
CD/Track #:
La Superbe (instrumentals), #3
Release Year:
2009
Track ID:
21739
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Raté La Superbe [Disc 2] Pop
Client:
Artist:
Benjamin Biolay
Era:
2000s
Genres:
Pop
Instruments:
Bass, Guitar, and Keyboard
Keywords:
Sentimental
Scene Descriptions:
Goodbye and Rainy Day
Subgenres:
Europop
Tempo:
Slow
Vocal Types:
male
CD/Track #:
La Superbe [Disc 2], #6
Release Year:
0
Track ID:
21720
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Buenos Aires La Superbe [Disc 2] Alternative, Pop
Client:
Artist:
Benjamin Biolay
Era:
2000s
Genres:
Alternative and Pop
Instruments:
Bass, Drums, Electronic, Guitar, Keyboard, and Percussion
Key:
D minor
Keywords:
Aggressive, Climactic, Dark, Driving, Funky/Groove, Ominous, and Percussive/Drums
Scene Descriptions:
Car Chase, Film Trailer, Fist Fight, Game Day, and Road Trip
Subgenres:
Europop and Indie Rock
Tempo:
Moderate
Vocal Types:
male
CD/Track #:
La Superbe [Disc 2], #5
Release Year:
2009
Track ID:
21719
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Take Me Back