Vividly keeps the magic going, as the French fingerstylist performs new gems like “Veilleuse,” “Le Chien Qui Tourne,” and “Kiss Landing.” Playing a Lowden six-string and occasionally accompanying himself on vocals (sung in both English and French), Bensusan has an amazing rhythmic sense that keeps things moving, but always with a shimmering melody on top.
Stylistically, it’s hard to pin down Bensusan, as there are folk, classical, jazz, pop, Gypsy, and World influences bubbling throughout his music. As an added treat, a live track called “Par un Beau Soir de Dimanche” captures his patented sound in concert. Vivdly is an amazing potpourri of sound and one that, in a world of copycats, reaffirms Pierre Bensusan as one of the most unique stylists in the acoustic-fingerstyle realm.
This article originally appeared in VG‘s Mar. ’11 issue. All copyrights are by the author and Vintage Guitar magazine. Unauthorized replication or use is strictly prohibited.