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Celine Dion makes an excellent stage singer, but when it comes to pleasant middle of the road tracks, her voice wears the listener down. Natasha has the gift of delivering power where it's needed, but also providing delicate cooing where it has best effect. This is best heard in the heartrending "Toi qui manques á ma vie" where her voice is almost making love to your ears. This is in contrast to her previous albums where her voice was less inviting and magical. The change in St Pier's voice in the past year is amazing.
The album also features a few up-beat moments. At least, 'upbeat' in a Natasha St Pier way. Despite being Canadian, Natasha brings across plenty of the Gallic creepiness in her music, particularly in the bittersweet "Nos Rendez-Vous", the most likely candidate for the second single (Piano-laced "Tu Trouveras" having been the first).
I'd personally recommend this album to those who may have tired of Celine Dion, but are looking for a similarly skilled artist to fill the gap. She also reminds me of a less-atmospheric Helene Segara with a more commercially acceptable voice. Either way, Dion, Segara, or Zazie fans should be at home with St Pier by the end of the sixth track.
It has yet to be seen if Natasha will follow the way of her Québecois compatriot and will being to sing in English.Read more ›