DU TEMPS


Collage curtesy of MYNA MORAMENTO RAFI

An album 2001.2011 was released on December 5, 2011 is the second best-of album of Mylène’s career bringing together her greatest hits of the last ten years.
It features two unreleased tracks, Sois moi (Be me) and Du Temps , which is the only single from it.

“Du temps” was written by Mylene Farmer with a music composed by Laurent Boutonnat. Its very different Boutonnat in my opinion: much more modern and much cooler (!!) Maybe they just needed a break (he had not worked on Mylène’s previous studio album, Bleu Noir, released in 2010).



The song is the first single from her second best of 2001.2011 and was released first digitally on 7 November 2011. The song was generally well received by critics. And what’s not too love?

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The promotional art cover was shown on the Internet on 2 November, and a 30-second excerpt was available to listen on the digital platforms, including amazon.fr.

On 6 November, the full song was available on the Charts in France site, but was removed after a request by Universal Music.

The music video for the song was scheduled to be released in the mid-November.

As written on the back of the cover, the painting on the front was made by Farmer. Its very cool one too – Picasso reminiscent – what a great job, Mylene!

Directed by Laurent Boutonnat, the music video was broadcast on the Internet on 9 December 2011. On a black background and a wet floor, Farmer and six male dancers perform a choreography, these images alternating with unpublished images of backstage filmed by Farmer’s companion, Benoît Di Sabatino, during her 2009 tour. Jonathan Hamard of Charts in France found that “the aesthetics of the video for the song “Du temps” is much closer to [Farmer’s last singles] than to the darker atmosphere of “Ainsi soit je…” and “Regrets“”. Farmer did not perform a choreographed dance in her music videos since “Je t’aime mélancolie” ( 1991).

The filming of the clip takes place on November 24 and 25, 2011 at Sets studios in Stains.

To French magazine Têtu it “is, in its general aesthetics, much closer to the star’s latest videos (…). In addition to the choreography, the clip of “Du temps” contains scenes of Mylène Farmer who appears natural, in her daily life. One way for the singer to lift the veil on her privacy and to twist the blow to critics who accuse her of being too remote”.

The choreography was described as “superb” by Musiqueradio.com, and “electro, modern and sexy” by Ninapeople.com. Journalist Benoît Cachin considered the video as “quite simple”, but “interesting” since inclusion of images of intimate moments, “in which the star reveals herself a little, provide (finally?) a very human side to the whole.” I second all of the commentaries above – and yes, it’s very rare that I do! 😊 I love the natural and relaxed feel of the video. It light and its fun. Sometimes we need to that for a change… I adore seeing her silly and cute and everyday person in her sweats, without the fancy clothes or hairdo. It makes me feel like I can related somewhat, does it make sense?

The song itself received mostly positive reviews, but also some strong criticism, and became immediately successful on the digital platforms of download. Suite101 site noted that “the song fully satisfy [Farmer’s] fans and irritates the others”, and that “in two days, it is in the top three sales on iTunes”.

Musiqueradio.com said “Du temps” “is rather like the productions of Farmer’s latest album”, describing it as “an effective dance-pop song” which resembles “Lonely Lisa” (agree!!), and concludes that “the so special alchemy between the composer [Boutonnat] and Mylène Farmer still works perfectly”. According to Charts in France site, the song is “electro”-oriented and “more in the continuity of the album Point de suture (2008) than album Bleu noir, more stripped down and highlighting the artist’s voice.

There are similar arrangements as in “Dégénération“, “Réveiller le monde” and “Sextonik“.

Sylvain Zimmermann of Têtu stated “Du temps” is “a catchy electro pop song, with a typically Farmerian chorus” and “a mix between the flights of “Innamoramento” and a sound club which recalls “Dégénération” or “Sextonik“.

French newspaper France Soir presented the song as the successful successor of the efficiency “Oui… mais non” and “Lonely Lisa“, adding that the song “marks with promise the comeback of the duet [Farmer-Boutonnat]”. Later, summarizing the reviews left on the Internet, the newspaper concluded that the song “divides the singer’s fans”, some of them being “disappointed”, but noted that in all cases, “the song deserves to create a buzz”. I am not sure what is really disappointing but perhaps, some fans have a resistance to any change they witness in Mylene’s style. For me personally it’s a breath of a fresh air. I always love “different.”

In January 2012, “Du temps” was elected the number one gay hit of the 2011 year, with 39% of votes, in a poll led by French magazine Têtu on its website. Well, they have taste! What else to add?

“Du temps” entered the French Singles Chart at number eight on the chart edition of 13 November 2011, which was the highest debut then, with 6,089 downloads. The following week, it was only number 78, making the biggest drop of all time on the chart, then fell off the top 100. However, it re-entered the chart on 10 December, and climbed up to number 80. After fluctuating up and down for some weeks, it made a huge jump from number 75 to number 4 on 23 January 2012, when the physical formats were released, selling 6,601 units.

In the early beginning, the radio airplay of “Du temps” was very limited, but after some weeks, it was finally picked up by the radio stations and peaked at number 38 on the French airplay chart. It was also popular on NRJ in France, one of the country’s biggest radio stations, where it was listed several times as one of the 20 most played songs of the moment.

In Switzerland, the single started at a peak of number 73. In Belgium (Wallonia), it entered the Ultratop 50 at number nine, on the chart edition of 19 November 2011 and then fell off the chart. After more than two months, “Du temps” re-entered the chart, when the physical formats were released, at number 32. It moved four places to 28 the next week before dropping again.

 However, it made much more impact in clubs and discothèques, peaking at number 12 on the Wallonian Dance Chart on the chart edition of 4 February 2012. On the radio airplay chart, the song had a similar trajectory as in France. On the chart edition of 25 February 2012, it entered the Ultratop 30 airplay chart, making a big jump from number 42 to 22, nearly four months after the single’s release.It has since reached a peak of number 17.

Mylene performed the song at the 2012 NRJ Music Awards, broadcast on TF1 on 29 January 2012, and was awarded a Diamond Award. This is the first time in the history of the “NRJ Music Awards” that such a trophy has been awarded.



Mylene Farmer receives Diamond Award by Jean-Paul Gauthier at the 2012 NRJ Music Awards ceremony in Cannes, FRANCE
MYLENE FARMER, NIKOS ALIAGAS

Ceremony videos here: https://www.mylene.net/modules/index.php?r=4&z=3595

Mylene made quite a stir showing up for the ceremony in the outfit accentuating her gorgeous legs – many jaws have dropped 🙂

 ”The event presented by Nikos Aliagas gathered 6.8 million viewers , or 31% of the public. The performance is even more important among housewives under the age of fifty. On this target so coveted by advertisers, TF1 has a 43% audience share. These excellent scores allow the ceremony to sign his best performance since 2006. ”(source: ozap.com )


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lyrics with translation


Du temps, du temps, du temps il te faut
Du temps, du temps, du temps, non, non, non

Suppose que je te dise
L’amour en est la cause
Que nos chemins de vie
Parfois nous superposent

C’est le mien
J’m’en fous
Mon chagrin
C’est tout
L’antidote au pire
L’anti pas mourir

Moi je veux vivre, aller haut
Pouvoir me dire que c’est beau
Mais pas du temps, du temps, du temps il te faut
Du temps, du temps, du temps, non, non, non

Suppose que je te dise
Au fond de moi sommeille
Un continent de vie
De tes monts et merveilles

C’est le mien
Mais vous
Mon destin
S’enroule
Autour de tes reins
Amour je sens bien

Moi je veux vivre, aller haut
Pouvoir me dire que c’est beau
Mais pas du temps, du temps, du temps il te faut
Du temps, du temps, du temps, non, non, non

Du temps
Du temps
Du temps (du temps, du temps il te faut)
Du temps (du temps, du temps, non, non, non)

Moi je veux vivre, aller haut
Pouvoir me dire que c’est beau
Mais pas du temps, du temps, du temps il te faut
Du temps, du temps, du temps, non, non, non

Time, time, time you need
Time, time, time, no, no, no
Suppose I told you
Love is the cause
That our paths in life
Sometimes we overlap
It’s mine
I don’t care
My sorrow
That’s all it is
The antidote to the worst
The anti not to die
I want to live, to go high
To be able to tell myself that it’s beautiful
But not time, time, time you need
Time, time, time, no, no, no
Suppose I tell you
Deep inside me lies
A continent of life
Of your mountains and wonders
It’s mine
But you
My destiny
Wraps itself
Around your loins
Love I feel good
I want to live, to go high
To be able to tell me that it’s beautiful
But not time, time, time you need
Time, time, time, time, no, no, no
Time, time, time
Time (time, time, time)
Time (time, time you need)
Time (time, time, time, no, no, no)
I want to live, go high
To be able to tell myself that it’s beautiful
But not time, time, time you need
Time, time, time, no, no, no


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