Art Mengo, born Michel Armengot, is a French singer-songwriter from the so-called "A la Toulousaine" sector. Son of Spanish Republican refugees in France, he was unfortunately born with a 70% deafness problem that severely handicapped him during adolescence. Handicap which will be lifted after a surgical operation, revealing to it a sound world hitherto unsuspected. He then begins to compose and it is his brother-in-law, Patrice Guirao, who writes the texts for him. And the tandem works wonderfully. It was in 1988 that fate gave him a big boost when he brought his model of "Perfumes of his life" to Studio Polygone in Toulouse. The latter signed him immediately, the single came out and it was an immediate success. But the album will not be released until 1990, following a legal imbroglio. This did not prevent him from obtaining a brilliant Victoire de la Musique in the "Male Revelation" category in 1991. A second album was released in 1992, but the success was no longer there. He then turned to writing for others and in the following years would write titles for Henri Salvador, Philippe Léotard, Clémence Lhomme, Enrico Macias, Florent Pagny, Jane Birkin, Johnny Hallyday, Juliette Gréco, Viktor Lazlo, Clarika, Liane Foly…
To discover or rediscover. Discography (among others ...) :
• Les parfums de sa vie 1988
• Ou trouver les violons 1990
• Demain demain 1990
• Côté cour 1990
• Gino 1992
• Parler d’amour 1993
• La mer n’existe pas 1995
• Laisse moi partir 1995
• Faudrait jamais s'aimer 1997
1988 ... the WONDER ! The HUGE title which will reveal it and become one of the most beautiful songs of the decade on the French side. Just that !
1990 ... the confirmation of an undeniable talent which produces this title with certain quality but which cannot compete with the previous jewel as the bar is high
1990 ... a halftone suite carried by a somewhat wacky clip. Can't produce Masterpieces every time ...
1990 ... a particularly prolific year which ended in beauty with this title much more inspired
1992 ... it swings, it grooves, it's light and airy at will. In short, a good job !
1993 ... when 2 stars of the moment meet, the result is necessarily up to par. MA-GIC !
1995 ... a quality of writing that does not weaken over time. One of the most gifted artists of his generation, that's clear !
1995 ... a title full of finesse and certain lyricism. But which does not lack a certain strength ... A very subtle mixture !
1997 ... even if the style has evolved in 10 years, the melodic quality will have remained constant. Hat the artist !
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