2016 Albums Left for Review

Here are the albums that I haven’t reviewed from 2016.

  • Robby Johnson Don’t Look Back (first edition)
  • Marie-Eve Janvier & Jean-François Breau Route Infinie
  • Barbra Streisand Encore
  • Bobby Bazini Summer is Gone
  • Jean-Pierre Ferland Chansons Jalouses

These are albums that I missed to comment on when they were released at different times  throughout the year.  I will briefly comment on each one to end this year a good note.

Robby Johnson Don’t Look Back (first edition)

Country: Canada
Musical genre(s): Country
Experience: 2016-present

I admit I don’t listen to a lot of Country music. However, Robby Johnson’s Don’t Look Back album is amazing! The songs are so romantic and entertaining.  It’s distinct from other Country music albums.

I thought Robby Johnson was American when I heard him, but it turns out he’s Canadian! More specifically he’s from my home province of Quebec. That is so cool!

My favourite songs from this album are: Shady, Hate Me Tonight, Together, Anything but Ordinary, There You Are

Marie-Eve Janvier & Jean-François Breau Route Infinie

Country: Canada
Musical genre(s): Pop
Experience: 2009-present

Marie-Ève Janvier and Jean-François Breau have released a new album this fall entitled La Route Infinie. Their music is always a pleasure to listen to. This album in particular has a road-trip feel to it. It makes me look forward to Summer again.

C’est une fille is a sentimental song in honour of the birth of their daughter Lea. It’s a mother and father expressing the joy of welcoming a baby into the world. Although I have no children of my own, I imagine what it would feel like to be a mother.

My favourite songs from this album are: Pour Moi, C’est Toi; C’est une fille; Route Infinie, Le temps manque, la maison où je veux vivre, Avec Toi, J’entend l’bonheur qui cogne

Barbra Streisand Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway

Country: USA
Musical genre(s): Broadway jazz traditional pop disco
Experience: 1963-present

Barbra Streisand’s voice in this album Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway is incredible as always. In this album she sings duets with various singers and actors such as Anne Hathaway, Chris Pine, and Alec Baldwin. Each song tells a story or stories in some cases. She remains to be one of the best singers/actresses of our time.

 

These are songs she sang in her many of her musical films. I love the homage to the past, while adding a contemporary component to it. Love it!

My favourite songs from this album are At the Ballet (featuring Emily Blunt & Anne Hathaway), I’ll Be Seeing You”/”I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face (featuring Chris Pine), Anything You Can Do (featuring Melissa McCarthy), and Pure Imagination (featuring Seth MacFarlane)

 

Bobby Bazini Summer is Gone

Country: Canada
Musical genre(s): Pop
Experience: 2009-present

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Jean-Pierre Ferland Chansons Jalouses

Country: Canada
Musical genre(s): Folk rock, Folk music, Rock music, Blues, Country music
Experience: 1959-present
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Flashback Fridays: Tribute to Debbie Reynolds

Another legend passed away this week: Debbie Reynolds, just one day after her daughter Carrie Fisher (aka Princess Leia in Star Wars)

She first became famous in her role in the movie Singin’ in the Rain as Kathy Selden, when she was just 17 years old. Her voice was incredible. I will focus on this film mainly to honour the late Debbie Reynolds. This is the movie I am most familiar with among her musical films and will be the focus of my blog post.  Her musical performances were memorable. She was very talented and funny. When she sang, she had a presence in the film.

The two best clips of her singing in the film were : Good Morning and Singin’ in the Rain. Debbie Reynolds performed Good Morning with Gene Kelly and Donald O’Connor.  The rhythm was amazing with a fantastic melody. The scene where Reynolds was Singin’ in the Rain was hilarious when she is revealed to be singing after the curtains are opened behind Jean Hagen as Lina. Her voice was soft compliment the melody of the song.

Rest in Peace Debbie Reynolds. 😦

Here are videos that I loved the most of the film.

 

Another song that I also enjoyed

Flashback Fridays: Tribute to George Michael

As if 2016 wasn’t a year that many felt was depressing, especially with the passing of so many musicians. Sadly, we lost another artist this week: George Michael. He passed away in his home on Christmas Day. My thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones and his fans.  Although I’m only familiar with some of George Michael’s hits, I learned how significant he was in the music industry. He was inspiration to many British artists including groups like a1 and Blue

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George Michael was a fantastic artist. I remember hearing the song Careless Whisper in a store one time, during my vacation to the US when I was a kid. I’ve always liked that song since then. Although I grew up in the 90’s , I’ve always enjoyed 80’s music. George Michael’s songs were a part of my 80’s repertoire.  I was fascinated to know he was British, making him a part of British Pop culture.  

My favourite from the late George Michael from his career as a solo artist  were Careless Whisper, and Faith. My fave songs of his when he was with Wham were Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go and Last Christmas.

Rest in Peace George Michael 😦


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Christmas Music 2016 Edition- French-Canadian Artists Double Review

2016 is a good year for Christmas music  I have discovered quite a few this year. It’s exciting this time of year. The feeling of joy and compassion is needed these days, especially with the sad news from around the world. Quebec is a fantastic place for Christmas music.

There are three albums that caught my attention this year. All three albums are performed by Canadian artists, more specifically Quebecois artists.

-Melissa Bedard Ma Liste de Noël
-Tocadeo Meilleurs Vœux
– Cœur de Pirate Chansons tristes pour Noël

The first two albums Melissa Bedard and Tocadeo perform the French version of Christmas classics such as “C’est L’Hiver” (French version of Let it Snow).  There is an interesting contrast between their respective albums Melissa Bedard’s voice is strong, similar to that of an opera singer.  The members of Tocadeo on the other hand, sing with the similar musical style from Christmas classics. The examples are Vive Le Vent, C’est l’hiver, and Minuit Chretien.

Melissa Bedard’s album Ma Liste de Noël does two songs that are her own: C’est Noël, mon amour, et Enfin, Noël. It gives it  a more personal touch, which differs from most Christmas albums I’ve heard.

Christmas Music 2016 Edition- French-Canadian Artists Part 2

Cœur de Pirate’s album Chansons tristes pour Noël consists of remakes of three sad Christmas songs, including the classic Last Christmas by Wham!

This album differs from the albums of Melissa Bedard and Tocadeo who sing the classics of Christmas songs.  There’s the raw emotion of the heartbreak that some experience in this time of year.  Her voice is expressive and flows nicely.

I really enjoy hearing the piano in the background. The music of the piano compliments her version of these three songs.  The quality of this album is amazing!

This is my take on the Christmas music of 2016

Happy Holidays everyone!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. May 2017 be a blessed year for everyone.

 

Flashback Fridays: Christmas Edition

It’s Christmas weekend! I’m so excited. It’s the time of year to celebrate with loved, listen to classic and new Christmas songs. Here’s my list of my favourite songs for the holiday season

-John Lennon “So This is Christmas”
-Mariah Carey “All I want for Christmas is You”
-Wham “Last Christmas”
-N Sync “Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays”
-Leona Lewis “One More Sleep”
-Britney Spears “My Only Wish (This Year)
-Band Aid “Do They Know it’s Christmas?”

These are my favourites in this wonderful time of the year. I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season. May it be a blessed one.

Happy new year 2017!