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Vezina, Claire - 1993 Claire Vezina

ARTIST: Vezina, Claire
ALBUM: Claire Vezina
LABEL: Sony Canada
SERIAL: CK 80182
YEAR: 1993


LINEUP: Claire Vezina - vocals * Aldo Nova - guitars and solos, backing vocals * Richard Soucy - guitars * Steve Segal - slide guitar * Tino Izzo - acoustic guitar * Sylvain Bolduc, Tim Harrington, Marc-Andre Dube - bass * Denis Chartrand - keyboards * Pat Vetter - saxophone * Pete Barbeau, Sebastian Langois - drums * Alain Couture - backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Tu Me Hantes * 02 Colin-Maillard * 03 Couer Sauvage * 04 Douce Folie * 05 Degivre * 06 Sors De Ma Vie * 07 Encore Un Blues * 08 Sortez-Moi-D'La * 09 Boogie Deprime * 10 Tard


Claire Vezina is a name you'll not hear bandied about in AOR or melodic rock circles. From Montreal, Claire started out with a bombastic hiss and a roar with this her self titled debut album from 1993. Let it be known though that Claire is not the first French Canadian artist to be featured here at GLORY-DAZE. 80's rockers Beau Geste, Bryan Hughes Group, Saints And Sinners, pop songbird Mylene Farmer and to a lesser extent Lara Fabian (Belgian by birth, but Quebec resident) are others who have residence here. Of course the big name associated with Claire's debut album is AOR demi-god Aldo Nova, who helped produce the album too. Jon Bon Jovi has a songwriting contribution here too, unusual that it is written in French. Jon must've been taking lessons! So what of the music? Well, someone described it to me as a mix between Mary Lu Zahalan and Witness. I wouldn't go that far. It sounds like a combination of Joal, Sass Jordan and Joanna Dean to these ears - with a subtle smoky bluesy tinge throughout. The big production from Aldo fleshes out the sound even more, in some cases, that one-off Saints And Sinners album is another good reference point.

The Songs
Claire sings in her native French tongue, but don't let that put you off. Some of these tracks are pearlers. The opener 'Tu Me Hantes' blasts out of the block with the same energy as that debut Joal album from '89. This one features Aldo Nova and Jon Bon Jovi in the song writing credits. Next up 'Colin-Maillard' is a late 80's groove rock slab, like a cross between Joal and Robert Tepper. 'Couer Sauvage' ('Wild Heart') is as AOR as they come, it has a Bon Jovi circa 'New Jersey' air about it initially but the chorus changes all that. Claire gives us an acoustic ballad 'Douce Folie' which dips its toenail into that well-worn territory of the singer/songwriter, but then we step out into the heartland with 'Degivre', following in the footprints of guys like Ray Lyell or Barney Bentall. The Memphis blues thing is revisited on 'Encore Un Blues', hence the Joanna Dean comparison, but its taken to its extreme with the bar-room boogie of 'Boogie Deprime'. We're back on the AOR path with 'Sortez-Moi D'La' - streamlined guitars and keys all round, the album finishing off with an equally streamlined mid-ballad 'Tard' ('Late').

In Summary
I guess the vocals sung in native French may be off-putting to all you rockers with a penchant for English, but class is class, and this CD has got more than its fair share. I guess with Aldo Nova somewhere within the grooves this might interest a few of you. Since this album, Claire has opted out of this style of melodic rock, and settled for something a lot less bombastic - her style a combination of acoustic/electric with jazz/blues and folk elements all rolled into one. Have a squizz around her website.. a very talented musician indeed.

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#1 | gdazegod on July 25 2013 01:36:35
There are some sites on the Net describing Vezina's debut as crossover prog. That description is so far from the truth.. What drugs are those idiots on?
#2 | Eric on July 25 2013 02:42:16
Hmm. That would probably be Prog Archives, one of the most uninformed/ clueless sites available.
I know several in-the-know prog people who will have no part of it. The site looks great, but the content is vacuous.
#3 | gdazegod on July 25 2013 06:12:39
It is Prog Archives.. lol! http://www.progar...p?id=41759
#4 | Eric on July 25 2013 12:21:31
Thought so. Checked it out and the bio Prog Archives provided says her 2003 'Alambic' disc has closer ties to progressive rock. What those ties might be, I'm not sure? Vezina's later albums sound more Lilith Fair/ Tori Amos to my ears.
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