Roses at the Pirate’s Heart

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A native of the beautiful Montreal suburb of Outremont, Beatrice Martin, known by her stage name Cœur de Pirate, has released blockbuster bilingual album Roses. Number 2 on iTunes Canada, it is being outsold only by The Weeknd. Known for her delicate and pretty piano and voice ballads, which have won for her several Félix Awards, attracted JUNO nominations, given her two platinum albums, and made her a household name in France, the Canadian singer goes for a more robust pop sound that works well. Lead single “Carry On” is her first to make the Billboard Hot 100.

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The ornately orchestrated art pop is expansive and bold. Martin pushes herself outside her comfort zone, tackles English, departs the familiar music community of Montreal, and collaborates with producers Bjorn Yttling (Robyn, Lykke Li), Rob Ellis (PJ Harvey, Cold Specks) and Ash Workman (Metronomy). Themes of challenge and survival abound, overcoming heartbreak and bearing a daughter who brings her hope. The album’s story, if it had one to tell, is one of stormy, cinematic music crashing around like brawling oceans in the midst of which the delicate roses come out unscathed. Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner.  iTunes

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