Album Review: Monsters by Marie-Josée Houle

Album Name: Monsters
Artist: Marie-Josée Houle
Year/Label: 2008 / Ugly Socks

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Review by Anna Maria Stjärnell

Marie-Josée Houle’s latest album is a delightful record just like her previous one was. She continues to make folk-influenced songs and plays the accordion charmingly.

Collarbone sees her pen a cute little song and play it with verve and zest.

Nuit Verglassante is equally deft, Houle singing sensually in French. The melody is very strong.

Jolie Holland’s Old Fashioned Morphine is rendered slower and more doomily than the original, which suits it just fine considering the dark lyrics.

Grace ends the album nicely, featuring a melody that’s cool and Houle playing her accordion in a lovely way. Like the previous album this one is short, sharp and to the point.

Track Listing
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1 Shallow Breathing
2 Collarbone
3 Nuit verglassante
4 That Off-Key Blond
5 Old-Fashioned Morphine
6 I Am not the World
7 Hush
8 Cruelle poetesse
9 Grace

[Marie-Josée Houle Official Site]

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