Putumayo Presents: Québec

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All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
Released to coincide with the 400th anniversary of Quebec City, Putumayo's collection of Quebecois music spans the full range of possibility from contemporary pop to indigenous-based folk. The album opens with a piece from Mathieu Mathieu that could easily pass for a bit of French caf? music. DobaCaracol provide a contemporary alternative sort of background with light, lilting French vocals slithering over the top, and Martin L?on starts out his contribution with some light guitar and whistling ? la Ennio Morricone under whom he studied for a time, before adding a funkier rhythm and some electronic instrumentation for a catchy total. Quebecois idol singer Annie ...
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All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
Released to coincide with the 400th anniversary of Quebec City, Putumayo's collection of Quebecois music spans the full range of possibility from contemporary pop to indigenous-based folk. The album opens with a piece from Mathieu Mathieu that could easily pass for a bit of French café music. DobaCaracol provide a contemporary alternative sort of background with light, lilting French vocals slithering over the top, and Martin Léon starts out his contribution with some light guitar and whistling à la Ennio Morricone under whom he studied for a time, before adding a funkier rhythm and some electronic instrumentation for a catchy total. Quebecois idol singer Annie Villeneuve adds a vocal reminiscent of Evanescence to her track, and Chloe Sainte-Marie almost evokes Johnny Clegg's work with her quicker, earthier sound. Kashtin's Florent Vollant provides the single track on the album not in French he sings in his native Montaignais for the most part, Les Cowboys Frigants' Marie-Annick Lépine moves from the frenetic sound of the Cowboys to a dichotomously opposed loping folk in "Au Chalet," and Myreille Bedard provides a light bossa nova with just a touch of chanson hidden away inside. Polemil Bazar successfully mixes klezmer aesthetics with a trippy circus sound, and after one of the most traditional and almost Celtic pieces on the album from La Bottine Souriante, the set closes with a different, more French-influenced traditional sound courtesy of Le Vent du Nord's accordion, violin, and hurdy-gurdy. Where many Quebecois compilations would have you believe that Quebec is all French cafés and extended chansons, this album makes a good show of the range of sounds, including much of the contemporary styling of the province, to good effect. Worth a spin for anyone curious.
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  • Release Date: 6/24/2008
  • Label: Putumayo World Music
  • UPC: 790248027920
  • Catalog Number: 279

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Cette Ville - Mathieu Mathieu (3:15)
  2. 2 Étrange (3:37)
  3. 3 Je M'Demande - Martin Léon (3:15)
  4. 4 Un Homme (3:40)
  5. 5 Brûlots - Chloé Sainte-Marie (3:08)
  6. 6 Nitshiuenan (3:45)
  7. 7 Au Chalet - Marie-Annick Lépine (4:10)
  8. 8 Il Fait Dimanche - Myreille Bedard (4:18)
  9. 9 Les Viscères - Polemil Bazar (3:13)
  10. 10 La Brunette Est Là (2:58)
  11. 11 Vive l'Amour (2:59)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
La Bottine Souriante Composer
Michel Bordeleau Composer
Jorge Maldonado translation
Dan Storper Executive Producer, Song Selection
Florent Vollant Composer, Photo Courtesy
Nicola Heindl Cover Art
Art Mengo Composer
Jacob Edgar Liner Notes
Traditional Composer
Lane Gibson Mastering
Patrice Desbiens Composer
Le Vent du Nord Arranger
Karine Lalèchére translation
Charles Eller Mastering
Doriane Fabreg Composer
Carole Facal Composer
Annie Villeneuve Composer
Chloé Sainte-Marie Photo Courtesy
Richard Pelland Composer
Marc Estève Composer
Sylvain Michel Composer
Sylvain Dumais Photo Courtesy
Baptiste Grison Photo Courtesy
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    French Canadian Folk

    I like to listen to Canadian Folk music, would have preferred other selections on some of the solo's but it was okay.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Vive le Quebec!

    Ever had that amazing sense of deja vu? As I was in my local Texas Barnes and Noble, I heard an in-store CD that shocked me for its obscurity; I was sure that the voice belonged to one of the members of Kashtin, a First Nations Innu band from Quebec that had disbanded some time ago as both members pursued solo careers. I thought "that's impossible, why would they be playing Quebecois First Nations music in Texas? And from a band as obscure as Kashtin?" (Kashtin's Akua Tuta received airplay on the Due South: The Original Television Soundtrack). I ran back to the music department only to find that Putumayo's latest compilation embraced my first love, Quebec. <BR/><BR/>As someone who has a French major with an emphasis on Quebec Studies and studied for two summers at Universite Laval in Ste-Foy, Quebec, I can attest that this special anniversary CD (the 400th anniversary of Quebec City's founding by Champlain) is a bit eclectic to thoroughly represent the broad range of Quebecois music, but it makes a brave attempt. This ranges from call-and-response courtesy of well-known Quebecois bands La Bottine Souriante and Le Vent Du Nord to more modern fusion stylings from DobaCaracol, a track from Annie Villeneuve (the winner of Quebec's version of Pop Idol), and a nod to Quebec's rich First Nations heritage (there are eleven tribes) from Florent Vollant. <BR/><BR/>I wasn't familiar with many of the artists (it's been six years since I lived in Quebec City), but I could think of many Quebecois artists that I wish had been included, such as Lhasa, whose haunting voice blends Spanish, English and French with a fusion of Mexican and world influences, early important pop figures such as Felix Leclerc or Gilles Vigneault, or modern sensations such as Celine Dion, Garou, Roch Voisine, Eric Lapointe, etc. My personal favorites are the two most traditional tracks from La Bottine Souriante and Le Vent Du Nord (I have a large collection of traditional Quebecois folk music) and the haunting track sung in Montagnais by Florent Vollant; his solo CDs are sung entirely in Montagnais (an Algonquin language) and are absolutely amazing, though pricey for those of us south of the (Canadian) border. <BR/><BR/>But these tantalizing tracks are an accurate reflection of the many cultural influences at work in Quebec, from First Nations tribes to its many Francophone immigrants from Africa and abroad, and Putumayo: Quebec serves as a perfect jumping-off point for a more in-depth exploration of the riches that Quebec's music has to offer.

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