Wilfred Le Bouthillier’s latest album “Wilfred”- The Feeling of Acadia

Canadian and Acadian singer Wilfred Le Bouthillier has released a new album entitled “Wilfred.” This record has a vibe of Acadian culture. A theme detected in this album is soul-searching.

The music has a mix of folk and pop. Wilfred Le Bouthillier plays incredible guitar throughout this album. It’s his trademark instrument, in my opinion. The folk music in this album gives a feeling of intimacy and unity. The composition of the music is structured and has a flowing rhythm.

The lyrics have rich poetry to them. There’s a personal touch to the words, just like the previous album “Je poursuis ma route” ( I followed my road).
The lyrics have a personal touch to them, especially the songs Fort McMurray, Tu t’rappelles-tu (Do you remember), Carre St-Louis, and 19 ans (19 years old). There are Acadian expressions in this album, just like the first one in 2003, entitled “Wilfred Le Bouthillier.” Examples of this would be the songs “All In,” Face a Face (Face to Face), and 19 ans. His romantics include “J’attendrai” ( I will wait), and La Croisee. The songs that focus on soul-searching are Chercher La Lumiere (Searching for the light), Petit Voilier (Small Sailboat). The lyrics of each song have a significant meaning to them.

Wilfred Le Bouthillier’s voice is unforgettable, especially in this album. It’s very smooth and low-toned. He plays with the tone of his voice, which is well done.

My favourite songs from this album are J’attendrai, Petit Voilier, Fort McMurray, and All In.

 

 

 

 

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5th Anniversary Release: Wilfred Le Bouthillier “Je Poursuis Ma Route.”

September 30, 2013, Wilfred Le Bouthillier release his fourth album Je Poursuis Ma Route (I Pursue My Path). It was a successful album according to reviews. In this album, Wilfred Le Bouthillier tells stories about his personal life, including one where he talks about how much his son has grown and loves his son’s view on life. It’s a mix of musical genres: pop and folk. Wilfred Le Bouthillier composed and wrote many of his songs.

Michael Kiwanuka’s Album Love & Hate

Country: United Kingdom
Genre(s): Soul- Folk- Folk rock
Experience: 2011-present

Michael Kiwanuka has released a new album entitled Love & Hate. The music reminds me of Bob Marley’s music in the 70’s.  

The first song Cold Little Heart is mostly music and you don’t hear Kiwanuka singing much in it. It’s a long introduction to the album. The music has a smooth rhythm, however.  His songs tell stories of social issues such as racism. The song Black Man in a White World  is an important example of this taking place. It’s a song that gets you thinking about your place in the world. In this case it’s dominated by “white people”, from my interpretation of the song.  He refers a lot to the subject of heartbreak such as the song I’ll Never Love Somebody. This song is relatable and nicely written. The music overall has a slow rhythm. I would have a preferred songs that had a faster beat. As I mentioned before, his music reminds me of Bob Marley’s songs such as No Woman No Cry, and Get up, Stand Up.

The lyrics of Kiwanuka’s songs are deep and rich with meaning. They’re also thought- provoking, which gives us his perspective on the world of today.  The  Black Man in a White World reminds of Get up, Stand Up  in terms of the socio-political message it conveys. Father’s Child is song that touched me deeply. It sounds like his relationship with his father faced obstacles. My apologies if the meaning isn’t clear to me.

The song Love & Hate has an optimistic message of hope and courage. The determination is very present in this song. The song ends with a musical bit that’s interesting. Place I Belong is also an optimistic song. Rule The World deals with emotional issues within oneself, but also show the willingness to seek help from others.

Kiwanuka’s voice is smooth and beautiful. I see potential for this artist. It’s not my style, but I can see people enjoying and appreciating his music.

My fave songs are: Love & Hate, Place I Belong, and Black Man in White World.

Bastian Baker: “Everything We Do”

Artist: Bastian Baker

Single: Everything We Do
Bastian Baker’s anticipated single “Everything We Do” is finally available on iTunes everywhere!  It has been available on Spotify and Deezer to listen to for free since May 29, 2015.

Review:

The song “Everything We Do” combines two musical styles: pop & rock with a bit of country. The melody goes from slow to fast and back to slow again. The beat is very catchy. The rhythm is similar to some of the songs of his second album “Too Old To Die Young” like 79 Clinton Street, Dirty Thirty and You’re the One, but with an interesting twist. He has this willingness to experiment with different styles of music, which demonstrates that he’s not afraid to think outside the box and test the boundaries of music. The guitar is very present in this song, which I really enjoy

This gives me something to look forward to in his third album, which will come out in fall of this year. 🙂

Everything We Do Video (Official Clip)
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2URUIi5aaXo

Originally written: June 5, 2015

 

Flashback Fridays! Bastian Baker’s Album Too Old to Die Young Available in Canada.

I am so happy to announce that Bastian Baker’s album Too Old to Die Young is finally available in Canada! 🙂 At least on iTunes. As for the CD form, I don’t know the details.I heard the album many times, just as much as Facing Canyons! His music is incredible.

This album to me is the transition to his third album Facing Canyons. It has a bit of a folk beat to it as well as pop and rock. Too Old to Die Young is a more upbeat compared to his film album Tomorrow May Not Be Better. He’s also experimenting with different beats. I also notice how his voice changes slightly. This album is a transition to Facing Canyons with regards the folk beat that is present in some of the songs.

Bastian Baker has a storytelling component to his album. He also has a romantic part too. After all, what’s a Bastian Baker album without some love songs? 😉 There’s also some about heartbreak. His songs about love or heartbreak are the following: 79 Clinton Street, Leaving Tomorrow, You’re the One, Earrings on the Table, Song for EV, Give Me Your Heart, I Won’t Cry and Come Home. They all tell separate stories, yet they compliment one another. Impressive!

The songs that tell stories are the follow 79 Clinton Street, Dirty Thirty, Kids off the Street, and Never in Your Town. 79 Clinton Street is an interesting story about a guy’s experience in New York. It’s also an example of experimental music, which I’ll talk about in more detail further day.Dirty Thirty tells the story of a young couple whose marriage is falling apart and the impact it has on their kid. The video compliments it quite well. The focus is on the kids, instead of Bastian Baker. Kids of the Street is powerful because it talks about a universal problem of kids in the street and some are at risk of living a life of problems (i.e. crime). Never in Your Town is a song that I’m not certain what it’s about. If anyone can explain it to me, that would help please.

His experimental song are the following: 79 Clinton Street & Prime. Those songs have a beat that is not limited to pop or folk. Those show how Bastian Baker has this incredible ability to mix different genres of music. 🙂

The funnest part of an album are bonus tracks, which are the following: One Last Time (acoustic version), I Won’t Cry, Come Home.  I love hearing the extra material of an album.

Lastly, the two versions of One Last Time are both amazing. The music for each one seems change our perception of those songs. The studio version, there is a deeper sense of loneliness and heartbreak. The acoustic version is more sensual. Also he seems to reminisce about a past relationship through a flashback. There’s still a sense of heartbreak. He sings the lyrics more slowly, which allows the listener to really hear the words. The way he ends a song with a whisper gave me chills.

My favourite songs are: Leaving Tomorrow, You’re the One, Follow the Wind, Come Home, and One Last Time (both studio and acoustic versions).

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Bastian Baker’s Facing Canyons Available in Canada!

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Country: Switzerland
Genre: Folk/Rock

Bastian Baker has released his third album Facing Canyons in Canada! I’ve listened to this album many times since its release May 9!  

The folk beat is incredible! Bastian Baker has perfected this genre of music very nicely. The song We are the Ones is a great start to the album with a catchy beat. The best part of listening to this album is knowing the inspirations behind some of those songs such as titles like Tattoo on my Brain & Charlie From Sydney. It changes the experience of listening to these songs. I appreciate these songs even more! Throughout the album, the guitar is very present, and I love it!  The instruments also include the harmonica.

The ballads like Planned it All, White Room, Rainbow, Tell the Night are very poetic and touching. There is a sense of vulnerability  that’s common in romantic relationships. A song that demonstrates relationship frustration is “Everything We Do”. However, in the end of the day, there’s a sense of hope, because if you truly love someone, the relationship can overcome anything.

The most touching song is Charlie from Sydney. It refers to two tragedies: the shooting in Sydney, Australia (December 14, 2014) and the shooting at Charlie Hebdo  (January 7,2015). This song became known to world especially when the Paris attacks (November 13 2015 took place, and he uploaded on his youtube channel. It helped me deal with shock of the November attacks in the days following the tragedy.

The song I Want You has a jazz-like beat, which gives compliments the folk beat very well. The chorus is very catchy and makes me want to dance. I remember the music of the 90s without it sounding like it was taken from that time.

Ain’t No Love has contemporary country-music feel that I enjoy lately. His voice is deep and smooth. I really felt the emotion in the song. He describes the scenery in fine detail, which is incredible for those  who like to visualize the scene.

My favourite songs on this album include main hits like: Everything We Do, Tatton on My Brain, Planned it All, We Are the Ones and I want You

 

 

 

Ian Kelly “SuperFolk”- Serene Music

guitar-76458_640Country: Canada
Musical genre(s): Folk
Years of experience: since 2005

Review:  Ian Kelly’s SuperFolk album is artistic, poetic and romantic. Folk music at its best. The bilingual aspect gives this album a Canadian twist. Some of the songs are in French, while the rest is in English. His voice is incredible,serene  and soulful. Folk music is not a genre of music I listen to often, but this album has songs with well-written lyrics that are deep and rich with poetry.

My  top favourite songs are Montreal, I Love You More, and California.  Montreal, is one of the songs that’s in French. I really enjoy this song being a Montrealer myself. You can sense his love for his native city of Montreal. “I love you More” is romantic. I really love the melody to this song, which is rhythmic. “California” is also a fun song and makes me think of the beach, especially when the end of winter is nearby. The music is amazing with the sound of guitar and harmonica.

SuperFolk album has this “road trip” feeling to it. I feel like it’s also a vacation for the mind. It allows you to  forget your problems and just take a moment to appreciate the small things in life.  

If you are a fan of Ian Kelly or you like Folk music, SuperFolk is the album for you.

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