Single Saturdays: Justine Blanchet – Strong

Canadian singer Justine Blanchet has released her debut single Strong. It’s a song about overcoming obstacles in life, especially when it feels impossible. The tune has a message of empowerment and determination.

The music has a mix of Country and Pop. The song starts with a catchy beat that compliments the lyrics nicely. The sound of the guitar is incredible and gives the song a nice touch to it. Emerson Drive guitarist Yann Bélanger produced the song. The composition has incredible structure- with smooth changes in musical tempo.

Justine Blanchet’s voice is strong but gentle reminding me of the vocal styles of Shania Twain, Faith Hill, and Alanis Morrisette. Justine Blanchet sings with great rhythm and follows the music flawlessly.

Justine Blanchet co-wrote with Jennifer Rae Camche the words to this empowering song. The lyrics of Strong have words with symbolic meaning. The mountains, the storms and rain represent the challenges one faces in life, including doubts and fears. However, there are positive symbols. The ray of hope represents optimism and positivity. The sky is a symbol of a whirl of possibilities that life has to offer. Looking straight ahead represents the future and what it holds. When I listen to this song, I feel that the lyrics boost morale and confidence.

The single Strong is now available. Enjoy!

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Guylaine Tanguay’s Christmas Country Album- Que Les Fêtes Commencent

French-Canadian singer Guylaine Tanguay has released a Christmas album entitled Que Les Fêtes Commencent (Let the festivities start). It’s a holiday album with a Country twist. There are the Christmas Classics such as Jingle Bell Rock, Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (Père Noël arrive ce soir), and Silver Bells. There also covers of more recent classics such as All I Want For Christmas is You and Blue Christmas.

The music in this album has an incredible composition. It’s a nice take on the classical Christmas music. My favourite is Guylaine Tanguay’s version of Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas is You. It starts slow, then the tempo increases. The style is Country with classic Christmas beats. The combination of the two is a perfect match.

Guylaine Tanguay’s voice is soft and sound. She sings Country music with style. She sings in both French and English; she even sings in both languages in some of the songs. That’s the case with the songs Sleigh Ride (Promenade en traîneau), Silver Bells and Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (Père Noël arrive ce soir). I am impressed every time I hear Guylaine Tanguay singing.

There’s an homage to Quebec culture with the three following songs: C’est dans le temps du jour de l’an, La Bastringue, and Pot-pourri musical du jour de l’an. The album honours the classic Christmas songs, the hits from the past ( i.e. Happy Christmas) and Quebec culture.

For those who love Country music and Christmas songs, I recommend this album.

The album Que Les Fêtes Commencent is now availble.

Single Saturdays: Chad Brownlee-Dear Drunk Me

Canadian singer Chad Brownlee has released a summer hit entitled Dear Drunk Me. The song tells a story about a man who speaks to his drunk self not to do anything that he would regret later. To more specific, he says to the drunken version of himself not to call his ex-girlfriend. It’s a reminder of not to repeat the same mistake.

The musical style of this song is Country. One can hear the sound of a guitar in the background. The pace of the music is slow at times then tempo increases when Chad Brownlee sings the chorus. There’s a sound of hands clapping that blends in the background. Everything is well put together in this tune. His voice is in sync with the music.

Chad Brownlee’s voice is low and smooth. The British Columbia native’s voice sounds like that of a southern gentleman. He sings goes high voice, similar to that of BeeGees’ member Barry Gibb in between the chorus and the verses. The changes in his sound are impressive. The pause when he says “When you’re…drunk me” is an interesting detail in the song.

The lyrics are descriptive and precise, which are like a letter from the sober man to his drunken self about the consequences of the state in which he finds himself. The subject of being drunk is a relatable topic.

It is a well-written and catchy song!

Single Saturdays: Robby Johnson’s Latest Single Au Bout de Nos Doigts (Alone Tonight)

Robby Johnson has released a new bilingual single entitled Au Bout de Nos Doigts (Alone Tonight). A bilingual song is a unique style for the Canadian artist. Robby Johnson & French singer Corneille wrote the lyrics.

The story of the song is about overwhelmed people feel with social media. It can make one forget about what’s important in life. Social media can be a way to connect with others, but not the only way. Seeing how many followers we have or waiting for a post to get likes shouldn’t be the only thing on our minds. It can be addictive and even an obsession, which is my understanding of the song.

The music is a mix of Country and Pop, which makes this song even more interesting. The sound of the guitar blends smoothly in the background. Robby Johnson’s voice is soft and low, which is unique in comparison to his other singles. Majority of the song is in French, with some parts in English. His singing in French & English is impressive. The lyrics are well-written with a smooth flow from French to English.

There are talks of a French album for Robby Johnson. I look forward to it!

 

Single Saturdays-Silverdrive 35’s Latest Single: Sleepwalking

Silverdrive 35 has released a new single entitled Sleepwalking. The story is about a man dealing with a loss of a loved one. He sees the girl he loved in his dreams and wishes he could stay dreaming because the reality is hard to handle.

The music in Sleepwalking is incredible, especially the banjo in the background. The banjo is a detail that gives the song the Country music feel. The echo of the lyrics creates an effect of heaviness, because of the feeling of sadness. The tone of their voices has variety and depth, which compliments the song very well.

Sleepwalking is a metaphor to demonstrate the struggle and confusion while coming to terms with losing a life partner. It’s the sentiment of living in an alternate reality that is preferable than the real world. The dream is a significant component of the song. It’s where he sees his significant other in a beautiful dream. He doesn’t want to go back to a life without his love. When losing a loved one, reality can seem confusing and impossible, at times. He even thinks he hears the voice of his lover, which can happen when in mourning. The part about getting the phone call from the girl’s father implies that something has happened. There’s that moment when he wishes that it wasn’t real, but a nightmare. It’s heartbreaking. It’s a sentiment that is relatable. One can feel the emotions of sadness and grief, even pain.

This subject matter is different from their other songs that talk about a break-up or going down memory lane, remembering good old simple days. The subject of losing a loved one is new and original.

Keep up the good work!

 

Single Saturdays: Silverdrive 35’s Latest Single- Drunk On You

Silverdrive 35’s latest single Drunk on You is another fantastic hit for the Swedish group. Their music keeps getting better and better.

Drunk on You is a song that expresses how many of us feel when we find out news about an old flame. It tells the story of a guy who finds a picture of a past love online. He becomes curious she’s been up to since they last saw each other. He then has flashbacks of their time together, which has him wondering if he’d lost a chance at true love. He’s at a bar when he remembers his past love. The man could be drunk, or he’s drunk on the nostalgia.

The musical composition has a fantastic rhythm. Eli Stream’s powerful voice is unforgettable. The music of the guitar is lovely.
The Country music has its presence in this song, just like their previous singles.

I look forward to their first album. Silverdrive 35 has potential as a group. I hope to see someday them winning a Grammy. I wish them luck in their musical career.

Robby Johnson’s Latest Album: Trouble-An Incredible EP!

Canadian Country singer Robby Johnson has released an EP entitled Trouble. It is Country music at its best. It’s album of stories that people will enjoy. The Trouble is a lovely continuation of his album Don’t Look Back.

There are four songs in this album: What Matters Most, Big Time, Hot Legs, and Quiet Night in Austin. These four songs tell exciting stories.

The song What Matters Most is about putting things in perspective and realising what’s important in life. Little frustrations of the day should remain small and not ruin the rest of our day. Seeing loved ones always brings joy to one’s heart and makes us forget all our troubles.

Big Time is a tune that tells the tale of a man who got one night and can’t remember anything. The details are sketchy for the guy
in the story. It might be relatable for some.

Hot Legs tell the story a guy who sees an attractive woman in a bar whose legs he notices. It seems to be a physical attraction. He hopes that a relationship will come of it.

The song “Quiet Night in Austin” is a live performance. It’s about how a night in Austin was quiet until a woman the man in the song finds attractive passes through town. The lady is a woman from out of town, which is my guess. I found it funny and entertaining.

The title “Trouble” is appropriate for this album, because of the stories these songs tell. Robby Johnson captures in his lyrics what some people may not be able to describe when they go or went on these adventures.

My favourite song is What Matters Most.

Shania Twain’s Come On Over-20th Anniversary

November 4, 2017, marks the 20th anniversary of Shania’s Twain’s album Come On Over. A record has a lovely mix of Country and Pop, which includes the hits likeYou’re Still the One, Come On Over, You’ve Got a Way with Me, Man! I feel Like a Woman,  From This Moment, Love Get Me Every Time, and That Don’t Impress Me Much, etc. It’s a classic album from the 1990s. It’s not just romantic, but also empowering (for women). The music is still incredible 20 years later!

Women’s Empower is present in the following songs: Man! I feel Like a Woman, That Don’t Impress Me Much and Whatever You Do, Don’t, and Honey I’m Home. Shania Twain is a fantastic role model for young girls. Standing up for oneself is essential.

I prefer Pop to Country music, but this record is an example of excellent Country music. It makes me want to dance and take it easy.

My favourite songs are You’re Still the One, Come On Over, You’ve Got a Way with Me, Man! I feel Like a Woman, Love Get Me Every Time, and That Don’t Impress Me Much.

Silverdrive 35’s Latest Single “Those Days”

Silverdrive 35 has released another single! Their latest song is entitled Those Days. It’s an incredible song! They have so much potential.

This song is about remembering a time that seemed simpler.  There’s a classic country feel to it especially when it comes to  talking about falling in love and chilling with friends. It’s got a nostalgic feel that is part of the country charm. There’s even a sense of adventure, more specifically I think of going on a road trip I imagine being outdoors by the lake, enjoying the fresh air.

Their voices are amazing! The music has great tempo, as well as amazing composition. It’s catchy and puts a smile on your face.  It’s fun hearing conversation within the song, which was done in a clever way. There’s simplicity to the song, which works very well with the theme of simpler times.

Bravo to Silverdrive 35! Keep up the work guys!

Can’t wait to hear your album. 🙂

 

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

                                          Coming Soon

Jean-Pierre Ferland Chansons Jalouses

Country: Canada
Musical genre(s): Folk rock, Folk music, Rock music, Blues, Country music
Experience: 1959-present
                                      Coming soon