Short Takes: Mar. 1, 1993


This Side Of Paradis

THE HARDHEARTED MIGHT CALL VANESSA PARADIS France's revenge on us for Euro Disney; she is a model who sings. Having conquered France with her willfully vapid bubble-gum pop, Paradis, 19, has now made her self-titled American debut. For help in her songwriting and backup instrumentals, she chose producer Lenny Kravitz, the irony-free purveyor of heavy-handed homages to late-1960s rock. Together, Paradis and Kravitz make a slick but shallow couple. On cuts like Your Love Has Got a Handle on My Mind, Paradis's slinky, coquettish voice lightens Kravitz's ponderous touch, but even their best songs have a...

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