Two new CDs this time. And there's always the Archives.
|Mes Aïeux - La ligne orange http://mesaieux.qc.ca It starts in familiar territory: Le déni de l’évidence is a social commentary, unfortunately true about too many things these days. Chaque jour is a sad song; one can guess it is about depression after a breakup. Belle, embarquez, based on À la Claire fontaine, criticizes the pursuit of profit. One of the themes of the album is Antonio Barichievich, the famous strong man; the song Antonio is about him (and about Montreal’s metro), as well as the title song, an instrumental piece where we can hear the sound of his chains, and Pourquoi donc as-tu brisé mon cœur? (The Great Antonio sings) , a recording of his voice. Of course, there is the traditional love song, La grande tornade. Then, Le stade (conte complet) , about Montreal’s Olympic Stadium, is very interesting and even invents a use to this building for which we just finished paying. I also really like Prière cathodique, which criticizes the influence of the Internet on some people, as well as the instrumental Count three. Le fantôme du Forum is about Howie Morenz and ends up deploring what the Forum has become (though I must admit that I’m a big fan of Montreal’s AMC, and it’s better to have this building honoring the Forum in its own way rather than a big gaping hole, no?). All in all: No surprises, but it’s a very good album for fans of the band.|
|Tinted Windows - Tinted Windows http://www.tintedwindowsmusic.com The first time I heard their single, Kind Of A Girl, I honestly thought it was a joke. The members of this supergroup (Taylor Hanson from Hanson, James Iha from the Smashing Pumpkins, Adam Schlesinger from Fountains of Wayne, and Bun E. Carlos from Cheap Trick) basically made an album that sounds like early ‘80s rock, just for kicks. Messing With My Head and Can’t Get A Read On You are other high-energy songs in the same vein. That being said… they kind of grew on me. I can’t listen to Kind Of A Girl now without smiling. Back With You is the perfunctory ballad, while Nothing To Me rounds it out nicely. Doncha Wanna is somewhat reminiscent of Savage Garden. The lyrics to Cha Cha don’t seem to make any sense, but maybe I’m not supposed to dig that deep… All in all: A nice, light album, just for fun. Nothing major, though.|