L’AMOUR NAISSANT


Collage curtesy of MYNA MORAMENTO RAFI

l’Amour naissant is a song from Mylène Farmer’s fifth studio album, Innamoramento (1999).

The lyrics of L’Amour nasissant were written by Mylène Farmer, music – Laurent Boutonnat

It has very Irish feel and of course if you’ve seen a beautiful film “Ryan’s daughter” by David Lean you could feel it even more. In fact, I watched the scene in the woods without sound and just using the l’Amour naissant as a soundtrack – it went together perfectly.

” I love the film Ryan ‘s Daughter by David Lean. I like the story that emerges, I like the lovers in this film. ” (Mylène Farmer – Top Music – 04/30/1999 )

For this song, Mylène wanted the music to capture the atmosphere of Ireland and the film La Fille de Ryan .

” I myself tried to travel on a boat. This is why I asked for the sounds of nature, the evocation of nature, the wind, which are close to feelings of love. ” ( Mylène Farmer – Top Music – 04/30/1999 )


This is a beautiful song, and it is hard to do the justice to its incredible lyrics (one of my all time favorites) and the brilliant painting by melody…It’s beautiful, it’s something once you’ve heard, you will never to forget. It is an apotheosis of everything Mylene is: bonified romantic, its pure and profound, melancholy and enlightening, it’s a love story on the grandest scale made from the esoteric fabric of love itself… I can’t put it into the words…I just let it take me over as I listen…high Mylene’s voice, the Celtic arrangements (“Quelle Irlande voudrait oublier ses legends”) with the feel of the ocean and the summer thunder…


Mylène weaved a gorgeous pattern with the lyrics. Its superb…It’s an incredibly developed and matured poetry on its own even without being turned into the song…I just can’t have enough…it’s so beautifully structured, the alliteration is taken to the whole new level- its flows like a water, like waves, like a beautiful heartbeat of the newly awaken love…the love you have no control over and the only thing you can do is to surrender to the feeling in fullest…it’s inevitable even if it will destroy you, it’s still will be the love to pray for… It begins with the sound of thunder….perhaps being a premonition for the story to be unfolded. In short, its just a masterpiece!

This song has the same title as the album, since ‘Innamoramento’ literally means ‘L’amour naissant’

I hope you agree, that ‘Innamoramento’ comes from the whole different place than Anamorphosée. I’d even say from the whole different level…

So what made the shift? By 1999, Farmer had barely appeared in the media since her 1996 concerts at Paris-Bercy. The singer spent most of this time traveling many countries (such as China, Ireland, Italy and the United States), where she drew her inspiration for her next album, giving it a greater ethnic orientation.

She was also inspired by the books Falling In Love by Francesco Alberoni (describing the stages of being in love from the psychological and sociological standpoint), If This is a Man by Primo Levi (in English “Survival in Auschwitz”) is a memoir by Italian Jewish writer Primo Levi, and books on Buddhism. (around the same time I also became drawn to Buddhism as my spiritual source).


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While some media announced that the album would be called Immortelles, Mes Moires (according to the magazine Voici), Mémoires and Ensemble, rumor had it that the next album would have more techno sound (and the first single would be named “The Small World”, according to the Belgian newspaper 7 Extra).

It was recorded at studios Ocean Way Recording and Record One in Los Angeles, but mixed at Guillaume Tell studio in Paris.

Finally, the album was released on 7 April, almost a month after the lead single “L’Âme-stram-gram” and was named Innamoramento, in reference to the book by Francesco Alberoni mentioned above. A quote from the author is also cited on the first page of the album’s booklet. The photographs, produced by Marino Parisotto Vay, (brilliant photography is you ask me!) cost about 104,000 euros (well, you get what you pay for!). The cover shows Farmer dressed in white on top of an open iron cage in the middle of the ocean.

I found more photos of Mylene by Marino Parisotto Vay – such a different vision of her…very contrast and bold as if he sees her in a different more defined manner stripping away all the unneeded embellishments and leaves only the pure essence – it’s very Federico Fellini to me, no??



The album received mostly positive reviews from media. DH Magazine stated that this album doesn’t contain “any surprise, but is “tidy, less sophisticated than Anamorphosée, (really?? I think it is by FAR more sophisticated) and ultimately captivating. It is more spiritual. Yes, with that I 100% agree. It is very enlightened: like when you’ve been baptized by profound suffering, and come out on the other side just to find yourself in the whole new realm. That how it feels to me. It’s a shift…Mylene has never been the same since the end of the 90s…She is maturing, in late 30s…she takes the time to get in touch with her true self as “Puissances du dedans”. Thankfully for us all…

“Mylène Farmer has the art of knowing how to renew herself. Partly composed by her (Laurent Boutonnat signs the music for eight songs out of thirteen), the disc opens with an Irish sky on a stormy day. Celtic goddess, she lets herself be carried away by the breath of nothingness, fascinated by the “powers of the interior” ” (L’Humanité – April 11, 1999)

“Same fragile and evanescent voice, same ample and synthetic orchestrations signed Laurent Boutonnat, same melodic and rhythmic canvas, Mylène Farmer returns with thirteen songs written by her hand. Thirteen intimate and ethereal secrets in which he is question of emerging love, to use the generic title of his new album. ” (Madame Figaro – May 15, 1999)

However, certain reviews were less positive – what a surprise! There is always a party pooper! 🙁

For example, one magazine declared that “the musical climates remain the same, with arrangements with big spectacle and an evident dance efficiency”, but with “too many strings, (…) too many background vocals, no place to breathe”. WHAT????

Another magazine said that, in spite of the sophistication of the lyrics which is equal to the lace of the arrangements of melodies, songs are however rather insignificant. The album is considered “identical” to the previous ones by another press article. It was finally trashed as a “Destroy” by Claude Rajotte of Canada’s Musique Plus defunct show Le cimetière des CD, the same critic who had praised Farmer’s previous effort, Anamorphosée. WOW…I have nothing to say…must be hard for Mylene to feel constantly bombarded and put down when she delivers an incredible material. I hope no one listens to those critics anyway. The time is the only true critic in my eyes – and time told us more about Mylene’s work than any useless pieces of paper (I feel sorry for the trees though)

L’Humanité stated in their review “Her songs resemble the prayers of a monk, whose writing has always been seen as a therapy”. Well…maybe not the “monk” per se but it is less earthy and more of a higher sphere indeed…I love the fact that I was soul searching as well in the of the nineties. It was a dramatic time in my life when I have goon through the agony and ecstasy, despair and defeat…just to be able to see something bigger and more real than anything I have known before – only to connect me with Myself at last…and yes it was with the life shattering love that I could not keep.

In 2000, Innamoramento won a NRJ Music Awards in the category ‘Francophone album of the year’. YES!!

In France, the album was released at a time when Francis Cabrel also made his comeback with his album Hors Saison, which topped the French Albums Chart. As a result, Innamoramento failed to reach #1 on the chart, but went straight in at #2 on 10 April 1999, remaining there for two weeks. Despite not hitting the top spot, the album remained in the chart for 94 weeks (!!!), including 18 weeks in the top ten and became one of Farmer’s highest selling albums

In fact, it is the 3d most successful album following the L’autre… and Ainsi soit je…

It re-entered the chart during Farmer’s Mylenium Tour and also when Universal organized further promotion of the album. Certified Diamond disc by the SNEP,

Innamoramento ranked #4, #43 and #92 on 1999, 2000 and 2001 End of Year Charts respectively.

In Belgium (Wallonia), after entering at #5 on 17 April 1999, the album climbed to #2 during the following week and stayed there for five consecutive weeks. As in France, Francis Cabrel’s album prevented Innamoramento from reaching the top of the chart. The album remained for 27 weeks in the top ten and 66 weeks in the Top 50. It featured at #5 and #58 on the 1999 and 2000 End of Year Charts.

Innamoramento also appeared for two weeks on the Belgium (Flanders) Albums Chart, on which it peaked at # 40.


Did you know that there is a beautiful song L’Amour naissant by Sébastien Tellier? Also shot by the ocean and also represents a forbitten love. Perhaps, also inspired by the film or Mylene’s song?


“It was a succession of onomatopoeias like that, since I wrote them phonetically … And when these women came, there were five of them, from different ethnicities, and they told me that there was a quasi- perfect translation into various dialects and that meant this or that. And we realized that it was very lifted up, spiritually, so it’s a surprise even if they still modified some tones.” (Mylène Farmer – Top Music – 04/30/1999)

Music composed, arranged and produced by Laurent Boutonnat. Mixing: Bertrand Châtenet

Choirs: Sophia Nelson, Angeline Annonier, Joëlle Jaque Gustave, Johanna Ferdinand, Marie-Jo Plezel

There are 2 versions: original 1999 and live Mylenium tour 2000

No televised performance on L’Amour nasant.


MYLENIUM TOUR



Although L’Amour Naissant was never performed on TV, we can never forget its debut in the Mylenium Tour – stage arrangements by Yvan Cassar. The whole opening of the spectacle is just out of this world…The way she appeared from the deity’s head and floated over the stage as a deity herself descended to Earth…. how allegoric as a true Love always handed out from up above…just like our Mylene it seems


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lyrics with translation


Quel monde n'a pas connu le souffle du néant
Ressenti l'émoi devant les "Puissances du dedans", dis
Quelle maison n'a jamais pleuré un enfant
Quel ange n'est tombé devant la beauté du couchant vois
Quel vertige s'empare de nos souffles a présent
L'Anathème est lourd, les serments brûlants c'est troublant, dis
Quelle est celle qui ne s'est noyée dans ses larmes
L'océan a froid, ma vie comme la fille de Ryan
Tu es l'amour naissant
Gravé sur la pierre
Stèle des amants
Vois comme c'est lourd, c'est lent
C'est un revolver, Père
Trop puissant
Quelle Irlande voudrait oublier ses légendes
Je ressens l'émoi devant ses "Puissances du dedans", dis
Quel frisson de m'anéantir dans son ventre
L'océan a froid, ma vie comme la fille de Ryan
Tu es l'amour naissant
Gravé sur la pierre
Stèle des amants
Vois comme c'est lourd, c'est lent
C'est un revolver, Père
Trop puissant
Tu es l'amour naissant
Gravé sur la pierre
Stèle des amants
Vois comme c'est lourd, c'est lent
C'est un revolver, Père
Trop puissant
Tu es l'amour naissant
Gravé sur la pierre
Stèle des amants
Vois comme c'est lourd, c'est lent
C'est un revolver, Père
Trop puissant
What world has not known the breath of nothingness
Felt the stir before the "Powers from within", tell
What house hasn't had a cried child
What angel has not fallen before the beauty of the setting sun
What dizziness takes hold of our breaths now
The Anathema is heavy, the burning oaths are disturbing, say
Who is the one who did not drown in her tears
The ocean is cold, my life like Ryan's daughter
You are the dawning love
Engraved on stone
Lovers stele
See how heavy it is, how slow it is
It's a gun, Father
Too powerful
Which Ireland would like to forget its legends
I feel the emotion in front of his "Powers from within", say
What a thrill to annihilate myself in his core
The ocean is cold, my life like Ryan's daughter
You are the dawning love
Engraved on stone
Lovers stele
See how heavy it is, how slow it is
It's a gun, Father
Too powerful
You are the dawning love
Engraved on stone
Lovers stele
See how heavy it is, how slow it is
It's a gun, Father
Too powerful
You are the dawning love
Engraved on stone
Lovers stele
See how heavy it is, how slow it is
It's a gun, Father
Too powerful

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