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Music for France

I'm spending a week in France next month, and thought it might be a good idea to find some appropriate music to take along on my iPod -- something to listen to on the way over and while I'm there. As it happens, the Barnes and Noble I visited had an international music section, and within it, a small number of CDs devoted to France. Unfortunately, most of them were roughly of the "Maurice Chevalier sings about little girls" type, and though I don't have anything against Maurice Chevalier, that's not exactly what I had in mind. And that set me to wondering: are there French-language analogies to my favorite contemporary artists? Not the Barenaked Ladies -- foreign language humor would be lost on me. But who is the Sheryl Crow of France? The Dido? The Moby? Who is the Sting of France?

Okay, scratch that last one. The Sting of France is Sting. But the rest of the question still holds.


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