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the 10 albums of the year to slip under the tree

Our musical programmers have concocted a selection of albums for you to offer at the end of the year, and to listen to without moderation.

The 10 musical favorites of the year from our programmers, to slip under the tree, or to offer for any occasion © Getty


Global superstar Adele returns with the release of her brand new single ‘Easy On Me’, ahead of the November 19 release of the new album 30 by Adele, on Columbia Records. On the music video for “Easy On Me,” Adele once again collaborates with director Xavier Dolan (Mommy). The director had already made the clip for the hit “Hello” present on the album 25 .

Arlo Parks

Arlo Parks, real name Anaïs Oluwatoyin Estelle Marinho, originally from West London, half Nigerian, and quarter Chadian and French – rose to prominence in 2018 with her single ‘Cola’. “I was really interested in the idea of ​​diving into a hyper-specific moment and making it universal, creating something that people could all relate to,” says Arlo of his poetic approach to writing. It was during the confinement period that Arlo Parks wrote and recorded the 12 tracks for the album. Collapsed In Sunbeamsreleased on January 29.

Clara Luciani

It starts with a beating heart. A familiar pulse, the very rhythm of life. This Heart, it is that of Clara Luciani. Which gives its title to his second album. March 2020, Clara is stopped in her tracks by confinement. A forced break for the one who, since the release of her first album, Sainte-Victoire, certified triple platinum, has never stopped. Rewarded with two Victoires de la Musique, Clara Luciani has performed more than 200 concerts, from intimate guitar-vocals to many boosted Olympias.

Damon Albarn

Leader of Blur and Gorillaz, Damon Albarn presented his second Solo album in November: The Nearer The Fountain, More Pure The Stream Flows. An album inspired by Iceland, where he lives part of the year. “What does this record mean to me? Well, that was my comfort in the very dark days of January and February of this year, you know? I think many of the documents produced during this period will be contemporary documents.”

Fire! Chatterton

After two gold records and two nominations for the Victoires de la Musique, Feu! Chatterton is back with his new album: clay palace, a grandiose cyberpunk fresco for confined times, a pamphlet addressed to the start-up nation obsessed with progress and a luminous ode to Nature and transcendence. On clay palace, third act of the exquisite corpse, the Fire! take a critical look, sometimes disillusioned, but always with humor, on this connected world that surrounds us.

James Blake

This is James Blake’s first full-length album in three years. The British GRAMMY® award-winning singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer is arguably the enigmatic engine behind some of the most influential albums of the 21st century, from Beyoncé to Kendrick Lamar. Friends that break your heart, his fifth album, has just been released. Delicacy, harmonies, hip hop sounds and heart-pounding rhythms.

Juliet Armanet

It’s the spark that starts it all. The disco beat, the piano note, the chord that grips the heart and seizes the body. The flame that ignites Juliette Armanet’s second album. Burn the fire, like a great fire. This sacred fire, Juliette maintains it since the success of Petite Amie, her first double platinum album, crowned by a Victoire de la Musique for the revelation album, and a tour of more than 200 concerts, intimate piano- voice to the crowds of the biggest festivals. This new album, Juliette approached it as a new territory: if her piano remains the beating heart, it is now dressed in warm and dancing arrangements.

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The Liminanas / Garnier

Lionel and Marie Limiñana, the couple/duo that form The Limiñanas team up with Laurent Garnier, DJ/producer pioneer of the French electronic scene, and sign together From Pelicula. A disc in the form of a wild ballad like a film noir, born from a common desire to compose music that tells stories and upsets old patterns in a (super)sonic trance. A feverish roadtrip in pursuit of Juliette and Saul, teenage hoodlums in the romantic tradition ofBreathless or of Sailor and Lula. At the beginning of De Película, there is a common passion for the German group Can, trance, psychedelia, but also dance and all these “musics which cause abandonment” as Laurent Garnier says.

Billie Eilish

After breaking the record for the most pre-saved album in Apple Music history, with 1,028,000 pre-saves, Billie Eilish unveils the long-awaited “ Happy Than Ever “. Completely composed with his brother Finneas in Los Angeles, the album includes 16 tracks. There are titles known to fans: “my future”, “Lost Cause” or “Therefore I Am”. The young prodigy Billie Eilish panics the counters and totals 66 billion streams and more than 31 million albums sold in the world.


Three years after the colossal success of his multi-award winning record The party is overand in the continuity of the documentary “Show never that to anyone” dedicated to his rise and directed by his brother, he released his 4th album in November Civilization. Album on which we find the title “The smell of gasoline”, certified platinum disc after one week and more than 138,000 copies sold.

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