Chances are that you have not heard of Claudette Lali yet - but she has become a sensation in her native France over the past few weeks courtecy of her success in the TV talent show Presence. The parallels with Britain's Susan Boyle are obvious - Mademoiselle Lali is not exactly an attractive appearance but she does have a marvellous voice. The record companies have tried to cash in as quickly as possible by releasing her first album last week just 4 days after starting the recordings. There is of course a reason for this rush, as they have controversially opted for a christmas album as debut. Sixteen traditionals, surprisingly all sung in English, whereas one would have expected that cashing in on her fame in France with a French album would have made more business sense. The album itself is OK, but nothing special, and I honestly can't see this make any impact on the international market. One can only hope that Claudette Lali will be given a second chance with less traditional material.
The idea of this little game is to create an album cover for an imaginary artist/group, as well as an imaginary review, following these instructions:
 The artist/group: go to the wiki random page generator. The first random Wikipedia article obtained this way is the name of the band or performer. In this case, I ended up with Claudette Lali.
 The title: go to the random quotations site. The last four words of the very last quote of the page is the title of the album. The random quote that came up was by Robert Veninga: Human pain does not let go of its grip at one point in time. Rather, it works its way out of our consciousness over time. There is a season of sadness. A season of anger. A season of tranquility. A season of hope.
 The illustration: pick a suitable one from my Flickr collection. My picture, Blitzen, can be found here on Flickr. The on-line editing was done with the programme On-line image editor, the font settings selected were Sophie MF 80 Silver and Brush Scipt MT Italic 80 Red, respectively.
Note: this is a variation on the "Debut album game" that has been making its rounds around bulletin boards and blogs for some time now - the original version called for a random Flickr Explore photograph to be used as the cover. I have been trying to find out who had the original idea, but so far no success.
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