Cry me a river...
Viktor Lazlo, whose real name is Sonia Dronnier, is a French singer born to a Martinican father and a mother from the island of Granada. His stage name would actually refer to one of the characters in Casablanca, a cult film dating from the 1940s and played by Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman.
She started her artistic career not as a singer but as a model. Especially for Chantal Thomass and Thierry Mugler. Everything speeds up when she is spotted by Belgian producer Lou Deprijck. The same Lou Deprijck who a few years before had launched the career of a certain… Plastic Bertrand.
His first single “Backdoor man” was released in 1984, a title composed by Alain Chamfort, just that. Title which will appear on the soundtrack of the film "A mort l´arbitre".
It was a year later in 1985 that she achieved - already - the consecration when she performed "Canoé rose", a title that would remain her biggest success in France. The same year released his first album "She" with a consequent success.
Another notorious success in 1986 with the single "Pleurer des rivières", a luxury cover of Arthur Hamilton's legendary title "Cry me a river" dating from 1953.
She will experience her biggest international success a year later in 1987 with the title "Breathless", a track taken from her new album which simply bears her name and which will remain the biggest success of her entire album discography. Album mainly in English language.
The end of the decade will prove to be more complicated to manage than expected. Despite the success of the album "Hot & Soul" in 1989, she could no longer produce any major hits. She will experience a last notable success in 1990 with the title “Ansiedad”.
Other albums and other singles will be released later, but none will allow her to find his way back to success.
To discover or rediscover.
Discography (among others ...) :
Backdoor man 1984
Last call for an angel 1985
Mata Hari 1985
Canoe rose 1985
Slow motion 1985
Pleurer des rivières 1986
You are my man 1987
Amour puissance six 1988
City never sleeps 1989
In the midnight sky 1989
Premier rôle 1989
Long distance (L'automne à VIenne) 1990
Das erste mal tat's noch weh 1990
Teach me to dance 1991
Love insane 1991
Vattene amore 1993
Engel wie du 1994
Ces rêves 1996
Le message est pour toi 1999
1984 ... a first title which already says a lot. This young singer has a talent more than obvious and the area Intimist suits her like a glove. And what looms on the horizon will vividly prove it ...
1985 ... she confirms all the good we can think of her. There really isn't much missing to see her take off and access the big league. Patience, patience ...
1985 ... here she is now in French. Linguistic versatility which will not stop there and which promises us some very good quality duets and trios ...
1985 ... then THIS title comes ! A sumptuous title which allows her to simply sign one of the biggest Ultimate Slows of the decade on the French side. This time, she has indeed gone well with the Greats. MAS-TER-FUL !
1985 ... a title that has nothing to do with the previous one, that's clear. Everything is different, both the language, the style and the tempo. But she shows a very astonishing versatility and quite rare among French singers of the time. Surprising and ... very interesting !
1986 ... you had to dare, she did it. Daring to take up this enormous American standard and interpreted for the first time by Julie London in 1955 was not without all risks. Especially on a French version. And what is certain is that the result is up to the task. A title which makes her definitely fit into the musical legend of the 80s on the French side. Everything won !
1987 ... she constantly alternates between the Intimist title and the much sharper tempo. One of the few to practice this alternation with such ease. Certainly, she will know its biggest successes on the Intimist titles but she far from being ridiculous in the other field, it is clear !
1987 ... a truly exceptional talent in the Intimist with this new title which literally floats in the air. The artist will remain mainly known only for 2 titles. When you see the full extent of her discography and especially the quality of a good number of titles, she really deserved a recognition much higher than she was !
1988 ... only one title in this new year but which at least has the merit of offering a new facet of the artist's talent. She will have tested all styles and all tempos. And each time, the quality will have been there !
1989 ... the problem is that in wanting too much to play a French career and an international career simultaneously, she cannot win either one or the other. A strategic error which will always tend to marginalize her ...
1989 ... the end of the decade resolutely focused on the English language. The title is nice, once again but still does not allow the singer to break into the International more than that ...
1989 ... and we start again in French. We get lost in it. No other artist of his generation has mixed styles to this point ...
1990 ... after a decade of the 1980s that saw her explode and then gradually disappear, the question is how she will manage the following decade. For now, the least we can say is that it's going pretty well with a new Intimist title absolutely magnificent and which makes her, once again, one of the most talented in this particular field. ...
1990 ... a decade of 90 which will combine with 2, or even at 3. We start with a first duo which works perfectly and which gives her a new facet of a decidedly very experimentalist talent ...
1990 ... well, the title Latin version, she hadn't given us that one yet. She will have done everything to us. All styles, all languages, all tempos, alone or with others. It makes you dizzy ...
1991 ... and here she is in reggae mode, was missing more than that ! And again in English. Will she arise one day and adopt a definitive style ? Not sure that even she is the answer ...
1991 ... she clings, tries to adapt permanently, that we can not blame her. But the public ended up getting tired of these permanent about-face on the sound side ...
1993 ... after the made in Germany duo, here comes the made in Italy duo. Again on an Intimist track of which she has the secret. An almost unique know-how and which, however, will not bring him the deserved consecration. Go figure ...
1994 ... and here comes the dream trio. When 3 stars in their respective countries make a jam together, here is the result. A sumptuous ballad which will be his last big hit. 10 years after its debut, the circle has come full circle ...
1996 ... she continues, does not give up and hangs on at all costs. And the least we can say is that she is right given the level of quality that she is still capable of producing !
1996 ... but it is true that it is extremely hard for a star of the 80s to stay in the leading pack in this 90s decade. A decade where competition is formidable and where, above all, musical trends follow one another at a dizzying speed ...
1999 ... 15 years after its debut, still there. Again on a duo of hell and which works perfectly. Unfortunately, everything is over for her for a long time and despite all her efforts, it is clear that her career is now behind her. But what a career !
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