Song of the Day: Je veux by Zaz

Je veux is the second track from the debut studio album Zaz by French singer-songwriter Zaz.

Lyrics:

Donnez-moi une suite au Ritz, je n’en veux pas
Des bijoux de chez Chanel, je n’en veux pas
Donnez-moi une limousine, j’en ferais quoi ?
Offrez-moi du personnel, j’en ferais quoi ?
Un manoir à Neufchatel, ce n’est pas pour moi
Offrez-moi la Tour Eiffel, j’en ferais quoi ?

Je veux de l’amour, de la joie, de la bonne humeur
Ce n’est pas votre argent qui fera mon bonheur
Moi je veux crever la main sur le coeur
Allons ensemble, découvrir ma liberté
Oubliez donc tous vos clichés
Bienvenue dans ma réalité

J’en ai marre de vos bonnes manières, c’est trop pour moi
Moi je mange avec les mains et je suis comme ça
Je parle fort et je suis franche, excusez-moi
Finie l’hypocrisie, moi je me casse de là
J’en ai marre des langues de bois
Regardez-moi, de toute manière je vous en veux pas et je suis comme ça !

Je veux de l’amour, de la joie, de la bonne humeur
Ce n’est pas votre argent qui fera mon bonheur
Moi je veux crever la main sur le coeur
Allons ensemble, découvrir ma liberté
Oubliez donc tous vos clichés
Bienvenue dans ma réalité

Translation:

Give me a suite at the Ritz hotel, I don’t want that
Chanel’s jewellery, I don’t want that
Give me a limo, what would I do with it?
Offer me staff, what would I do with it?
A mansion in Neufchatel, it’s not for me
Offer me the Eiffel tower, what would I do with it?

I want love, joy, good spirit
It’s not your money that will make me happy
I want to die with a hand on my heart
Let’s go together, let’s discover my freedom,
Forget all your prejudice, welcome to my reality

I’m fed up with your good manners, it’s too much for me
I eat with my hands, I’m like that
I speak loud and I’m direct, sorry
Let’s end the hypocrisy, I’m out of it
I’m tired of double-talks
Look at me, I’m not even mad at you, I’m just like that

I want love, joy, good spirit
It’s not your money that will make me happy
I want to die with a hand on my heart
Let’s go together, let’s discover my freedom,
Forget all your prejudice, welcome to my reality

Isabelle Geffroy (born 1 May 1980 in Tours, France), better known by the nickname Zaz, is a French singer-songwriter mixing jazzy styles, French variety, soul and acoustic. She is famous for her hit “Je Veux”, from her first album, Zaz, released on 10 May 2010 under the label Play On It produces two hit singles: “Je veux” and “Le long de la route” which achieved success in Belgium (Wallonia). The album itself was a commercial success, reaching the top of the charts in the francophone countries.

Zaz received mixed reviews from music critics. Le Figaro said the singer’s voice “upsets and wins over”. The editors admitted they were moved by “her small skinned side” and praised “the urban blues of “Trop sensible”, or the upsetting “Port Coton” or songs with realistic accents such as “Ni oui ni non” or “Dans ma rue””. Libération stated that her single “Je veux” is “between ‘J’veux du soleil’ by Au P’tit Bonheur and the competitive ‘P’tit kawa’ by Karimouche—other examples of good-natured variety supercharged for optimism.” The paper also wrote that “her natural […] compensates a register in a homely where titi-spirited jazz-world does not bother with convolutions”. Le Nouvel Observateur deemed “Je veux” a song with “anti-consumerism” lyrics which “immediately catches the ear”. Le Parisien believed that her “songs with realistic lyrics marked the spirits… She reflects the mindset of youth, a bit tortured but full of hope”. L’Humanité praised a “very direct and friendly link” between the young singer and her public, saying: “Welcome to Zaz’s world of good mood”.

More critical, Valérie Lehoux of Télérama argued that the singer has “unquestionably the vocal abilities quite unusual”, but considered her album as “too broke up so we can cling, sailing without a sextant from a little dusty French song to the free variety, to a more or less dancing neo-R&B.” She added that the singer remains in the demonstration and collapses under “too cumbersome and too expected” references. Les Inrockuptibles gave a negative review of the album and of the lead single.

Zaz

Birth name Isabelle Geffroy
Born 1 May 1980 (age 33)
Origin Tours, Indre-et-Loire, Centre, France
Genres Jazz, Chanson
Occupations Singer-songwriter
Years active 2001–present
Labels Play On
Website Official Site
 image by Aurora Wienhold
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