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Multiple JUNO-award winning, double-platinum recording artist Daniel Bélanger, from Montréal, has just released his first album in four years, Chic de ville, which last week was the 2nd best-selling album in Canada. Dan the man launched his stellar career back in ’92 with 2x platinum certified Les Insomniaques s’amusent. He took home the Francophone Album of the Year JUNOs in 2003 and 2008 for Rêver mieux and L’échec du materiel respectively. He has sold over half a million records thus far. Daniel has also scored a number of big hit singles over the years like “Seche tes pleurs”, “Les deux printemps” and “Rever mieux”.
“Je poursuis mon bonheur”, released last year, was the lead single off the new album. The album is a blend of rockabilly and country enhanced by intricate string arrangements thanks to Carl Marsh. Bélanger provides a number of vocal styles through the album, singing some with Roy Orbison reverb, shifting into 5th gear falsetto for some, letting loose on a few, and lullabying with sweetness on others. “Chacun pour soi” sounds like a train chugging ode to Johnny Cash with a string orchestra on the roof. You can visualize the Brylcreem-haired vermillion guitar player on “Sa félinité”. “Béatitude” with its air-stabbing violin bows and plucking guitar strings makes you want to get up and dance. “L’aube” adds a nice dash of play-it-again-Sam piano. Check out the thrilling guitar flickering on “Auprès de toi” and Hawaii 5-0 drumming on “Le temps est charognard”. “Traverse-moi” is a beautiful ballad that may send a chill or two up or down your spine. The album winds up with ominously drawn out “Rapport d’accident survenu le 26″.
Chic de ville on iTunes Daniel Bélanger’s Official Website
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