Canadian singer Nicola Ciccone has a new album out that’s entitled Le Long Chemin (The Long Trail or in this case The Long Journey). The themes covered in this record are love, heartbreak/heartache, and everyday life.
The music is French pop. The songs on the album have a fantastic rhythm to them. Some of them remind me of Nicola Ciccone’s previous hits. Here are some examples: La Plus Grande Chose Qu’On Dit A Une Femme (The Most Significant Thing We Can Say To a Woman) sounds similar Tu M’aimes Quand Meme (You Love Me Anyway), with a slightly faster tempo for the music as well asLa Beauté des Petites Choses Et Autres Gestes Anodins (The Beauty of Little Things and Simple Gestures) . Difficile L’amour (Love is Difficult) reminds of the song Arriver Jusqu’a Toi (Getting to You). Love Is Like a Loaded Gun a beat paralleled to Little Girl. Superman Est Une Femme (Superman is a Woman) sounds like Je T’aime Tout Court (I Love You- No Matter What). Lastly, Courage reminds me of the song Comme Au Tout Premier Jour (Just Like the First Day).* Elle (her) makes me think of the song Sourire (Smile). Nicola Ciconne’s composition of these tunes is impressive. While at times, it sounds similar to his previous works, there is a fresh vibe to them. Listening to this album makes me want to go on a road trip. The change of rhythm from slow to fast or vice-versa is smooth between songs.
Nicola Ciccone’s voice sounds husky and soothing. When he sings, it’s with comfort and reassurance.
The lyrics have a personal touch to them, as described in an interview on Salut Bonjour March 22, 2019. Nicola Ciccone talked about the origin of some of his songs, which makes one appreciate them even more. Nicola Ciccone uses symbolism, similes, and metaphors to favour the imagination. Superman Est Une Femme (Superman is a Woman) shows the strength and determination of women develop after hard times. The words of each song are genuine and authentic. The simile of Love is Like a Loaded Gun demonstrates how intense the emotion of love can be, which is something many of us forget or don’t realize. It’s incredible freestyle poetry that is romantic, hopeful and emotional with a smooth and rhythmic flow. The lyrical structure of La Plus Grande Chose Qu’On Dit A Une Femme (The Most Significant Thing We Can Say To a Woman) has some similarities to an incredible hit La Beauté des Petites Choses Et Autres Gestes Anodins (The Beauty of Little Things and Simple Gestures). The lyrics of these songs are structured and well written.
The album Le Long Chemin is now available. Enjoy!
*The parallel of the comments for the songs have my interpretation; same for the translation