Batch 1: High Profilers
This week’s high profile albums include Hello by multiplatinum and JUNO winning pop group Hedley from BC. Originally from Vancouver is Claire Boucher who records under stage name Grimes. Art Angels is her new electropop album. Canadian born (and thus a citizen) but growing up in France, queen of new wave Mylène Farmer is back with her latest Interstellaires which includes a collaboration with Sting of The Police. Céleste (Lévis) was a participant is season 3 of The Voice and has released her debut, self-titled, folk-pop album. Finally, Itay-born, Belgium raised, and Canadian acquisition, Lara Fabian treats us to her latest adult contemporary confections on Ma vie dans la tienne.
Batch 2: Popular Releases
The lead singer of Glass Tiger Alan Frew pays tribute to the 80s by covering classics of the decade on album 80290. Various artists cover hits from Pagliaro on album PAG Revisité. Toronto’s August Rigo launches R&B inflected pop on The Fall Out. Montreal based duo Blé does a great job as always on pop-rock Pluie de grêle. King Melrose returns from his well-received debut with Bleu.
Batch 3: Mixed Bag of Goodies
Comedic country duo Les frères Béquet who are Réal Béland and Dominic Paquet debut. Rock which combines some fiddling, classical structures, and progressive touches makes Résistance evolution from Ottawa/Montreal group Règlement 17 a pleaser. Blues enthusiasts can rejoice with Jordan Officer’s Blue Skies. Toronto’s The Beverleys created really good punk for album Brutal. Mississauga, Ontario’s S.Y.P.H. does a fine job at rap on Rookie of the Year.
Batch 4: The Two Poles
They may, in some ways, be polar opposites but folk/singer-songwriter and alternative are the two most common genres of music in Canada. Taking care of the former are Hide by Guelph, Ontario’s Matt Monoogian and 3/4 Fort by Nicolas Pellerin and The Grands Hurleurs. In the alternative realm are Lovish by Regina’s Library Voices, Something Stranger Coming on the Horizon by Technical Kidman, and Black Matter by Thus Owls. The latter is presented as an EP but has a total run time of half an hour, so it is more of a mini album.
Batch 5: The Soft Kingdom
Just last month, Karen Young pleased us with an excellent vocal jazz album. But now, she does something earth shattering: catapults a gorgeous vocal choir album of original compositions in Latin! Missa Campanula is our favourite album this week and deserves an award, or two, or three, or … twenty! We’ll review the album in a bit. Similar to The Tenors is Tocadéo, and the group gives us a live album entitled … Live. Three holiday albums hit the shops this week, all from the shining music industry of Quebec. The brainchild of Sylvain Cossette and Andrée Watters is a sweet children’s album Lily et le Lutin chantent Noël. Michaël, a gold recording artist thanks to 2007’s Il Tempo, gets us in holiday moods with Nuit de Noël. To serve as a great party favourite with folk dance nuggets is various artists LP Party des fêtes de chez nous!