After a punchy start to the year (Synchro Anarchy by Voïvod), then a little lull (a new album by Moist), the music industry seems to be getting back on track this week with several major releases featuring singles by Clodelle, Pup and Lana Del Rey as well as albums by John Mellencamp, Comeback Kid and the highly anticipated Crash of Les Praises.
I'm stealing the punch from you: after literally taking Quebec by surprise with La nuit est une panthère (2018), a debut LP so striking and original that it has already had many emulations, Vincent Roberge not only delivers the goods here, but even exceeds the already immeasurable expectations that surround his project.
Crash is great pop… and so much more again.
The Ransom of Glory
On the text side, Roberge is often bittersweet as he skilfully tackles a love pitfall such as a road accident (Chaussée) as well as the post-panther years, when he became, overnight, the flavor of the moment (Bolero). Also, to underline: an unexpected tribute to Gaston Miron.
As you can imagine, Les Louanges therefore delivers a spleenetic album, with striking images and, above all, a whipping groove.
< p>Avant-garde pop
On the music side, Roberge and his co-director Felix Petit are back on Crash and offer a new batch of tracks totally in tune with the times via his pop fuel to R&B, of course, but also with his vaporwave references. , even strong cloud rap which prove to be very effective.
Where Les Louanges exceeds its congeners, it is precisely in this clever microdosage ensuring that its pieces will persist when the pop planet moves on to a new one. trend.
In short, this album will certainly end up in many lists of the best works of the year.
We will go
Like his participation in the 2021 edition of Star Académie, the big winner of the showcase plays the card of caution on this first pop album which also serves as a business card months later. his departure from the famous Waterloo manor. In the company of producer Benjamin Nadeau, the main interested party offers 11 up-to-date pop tracks that flirt with current trends, including R&B (the ballad Weattests to this). Fans of Marc Dupré and Mika, in particular, will love it. Well done, but let's hope Cloutier takes more risks on his next album.
Crisis of Faith
And six for the famous Canadian rock combo which, more than five years after having delivered Afraid of Heights (a rather so-so LP), persists, signs and… releases an ersatz of this disc yet forgettable. On the verge of its 30th (!) anniversary, the project – which flirted with punk, even metal – finally seems to be opting for a single musical direction: arena rock, the one you sing with your fists raised, with riffs predictable and telegraphed texts (so much so that, despite his good intentions, I Beg To Differ [This Will Get Better] rings false as the text is agreed). For hardcore fans above all.
< em>Bloor Street
The actor and country singer literally goes back to basics on this third album, covering, in particular, his adolescence in Toronto (hence the title of the work, of course) and other subjects as nostalgic as they are common (hence, perhaps, the conventional pop country music). Maybe it's platitudes or the recruitment of Chris Lord-Alge (who mixed a few Boss hits including Dancing in the Dark), but Sutherland seems to be opting for a pale imitation of Springsteen for Bloor Street. Small consolation: the artist is in voice. For the curious especially.
Live Slow Die Wise
As for many of us, the local singer-songwriter has taken advantage of the last few months to attempt the inner journey rather than the umpteenth < em>road trip, pandemic obliges. From where, one imagines, this snub to the famous Live Fast, Die Young of the author Willard Motley (the main interested party will explicitly quote the writer Alan Watts on Cold World em>, by the way). For this third offering produced in the company of Louis-Jean Cormier, Geoffroy therefore returns to the essentials and abandons the electro frills for a more refined and folk direction. Fans of Bon Iver, Evening Hymns, Hozier, even Taytay's famous Folklore will love it.