Roots specialist Jim Cuddy, boogie rock outfit The Sheepdogs, JUNO no-show rapper Tory Lanez, pop/AC ace Jann Arden, and international R&B superstar The Weeknd have all released albums in 2018, and not one of these has been certified gold to date. To figure out who has beat them all to the gilded disc award, you have to think of the realm of rock and a veteran of the genre. With his own eponymous band whose sound is punctuated by guitarist Stéphane Dufour’s signature riffs, the man has sold in excess of a million albums since his first, Obsession, in 1994. Returning with his 8th LP, Délivrance, his first since 2013, Éric Lapointe strikes gold. Lapointe’s work is featured on movie soundtracks such as Les Boys and the ever-popular Bon Cop, Bad Cop. He has also served as a coach on The Voice.
At 48 years of age, Éric retains a teenage heart singing of hopes and dreams, conflicts and desires. He says fatherhood has taught him much about himself. “With children,” he points out, “We rediscover life and see it differently through their eyes.” The 2018 album is varied in style having power ballads juxtaposed with nuggets of hard rock. Opening things up with “La nuit,” his extra gruff vocals wash in like whitecaps on oceanic guitar riffs. “Belle folie,” released as a single back in March, calmly and confidently surfs upon the waves setting things up for a wild ride offered by “Ma rose”. In the middle of the album, find some string arrangements and Tom Petty chords on “Besoin de toi” and “Rien ne s’endort” respectively. Lapointe mellows at the album’s close with a couple of ballads including piano-led finale “Sans vous”. On Délivrance, Éric Lapointe has delivered the goods. iTunes