Album Review: Our Lady of Broken Souls by Marie-Josée Houle

Album Name: Our Lady of Broken Souls

Artist: Marie-Josée Houle

Year/Label: 2008 / Independent

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Review by Anna Maria Stjärnell

Marie-Josée Houle plays the accordion and plays lively music on this record.

Marie m’appelle sees her sing in a gorgeous voice to an accordingly offbeat song. It’s French chanson updated for the modern age.

The Canary Falters continues the quirky vibe, with its decidedly strange mood and filmic undertones.

Blasé d’la vie gallops along merrily despite the title and Houle delivers a siren-like vocal. Her accordion gets to be the cnetre of attention too.

Garden Raider is a spiteful tango that nonetheless has a joi de vivre, as Houle tosses out insults at some unfortunate person. She then starts taunting herself with equal fervour.

Her music is mostly a joy-filled experience depite this. Houle is a gifted singer and her album is a treasure.

Posted on May 25, 2008

Track Listing
Listen to track samples while you read
1 Three Red Beads
2 Marie m’appelle
3 The Canary Falters
4 Cale ton verre
5 Blasé d’la vie
6 Garden Raider
7 Takirari del regreso
8 Marie m’appelle (instrumental)
9 Farewell to the Lady of Broken Souls
10 Farewell to the Lady of Broken Souls (reprise)

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