Earlier I reviewed the album 'Soul to Soul' by French multi-instrumentalist Christophe Goze here, and now a new album has arrived.

This time it's almost all sung songs by 2 guest vocalists, plus some instrumental tracks. Christophe himself thinks that everything in our world is going too fast, and I can't prove him wrong.

That's why he made this album with calm soul songs. He says: "On a day when our world is racing around us, and we feel perhaps too much in control of our own time, overwhelmed and stressed, we need to take an hour to slow down and recharge. 'Slow' may prove just the pace-changer you need."

The relaxed 'Dreams & Promises' opens the disc, featuring the voice of singer Cathy Battistessa, then Odis Palmer takes over the vocals on the ballad 'She Said (Revisited)'. Next comes 'Take Me Home', again sung by Odis, after which the exotic sounding 'Coeur Grenadine' is a loungy cover by French singer Laurent Voulzy, which I still own on single.

Cathy Battistessa returns with 'Hero', and with 'Je ne t'oublierai jamais' we end up with the French chanson. 'Little Boy (Revisited - Remastered)' is ushered in by children's sounds, after which 'Hold Me Now (Revisited)' is a quiet interlude.

Alain Chamfort's 'Traces de toi' from 1986 is the next cover, and 'So Beautiful (Revisited)' continues. 'I Got You' floats on a hip-hop beat, mixed with lounge. 'Love' seems to have slipped away from the Middle East, then 'Ce Que Tu Veux' features a whispering French voice atop a hypnotic beat. The extended of 'Hero' closes.

Christophe has again delivered a very nice album, which I can only recommend to fans of lounge, chill-out, smooth jazz and soul. Its singles have been streamed more than 1.2 million times on Spotify. Relaxed songs, excellent to relax to!



Christophe Goze


1) Dreams & Promises (4:23)
2) She said (Revisited) (4:27)
3) Take me home (3:34)
4) Coeur Grenadine (4:51)
5) Hero (4:20)
6) Je ne t'oublierai jamais (4:03)
7) Little boy (Revisited - Remastered) (3:53)
8) Hold me now (Revisited) (4:55)
9) Traces de toi (4:51)
10) So beautiful (Revisited) (3:50)
11) I got you (4:25)
12) Love (4:17)
13) Ce Que Tu Veux (4:46)
14) Hero (Extended Version) (4:33)


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