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Levac, Martin - 2000 L'amour Ou Le Sexe?

ARTIST: Levac, Martin
ALBUM: L'amour Ou Le Sexe?
LABEL: Indie
YEAR: 2000


LINEUP: Martin Levac - lead vocals, drums, percussion, guitars, piano * Bruno Coulombe - guitars, percussion, vocals * Martin Rheaume - bass * Jean-Fernand Girard - piano * Richard Beaudet - tenor sax * Roger Leclerc - programming * Nancy Carroll, Sylvianne Lessard, Paul Page - background vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 L'amour Ou Le Sexe * 02 Si C'est Ca L'avenir * 03 A Distance * 04 Chat Room Boogie * 05 Ton Silence * 06 Ma Belle Irlandaise * 07 La Brique * 08 Fou * 09 La Fin Du Monde * 10 La Conquete De L'oubli * 11 L'Aile Ou La Cuite * 12 Dans Ma Capsule


Genesis tribute bands are not a new phenomenon; they've been popping up on the progressive scene with their elaborate stage shows since the early '90s and reputedly one of the best and most successful is Montreal's The Musical Box. Imitation is a sincere form of flattery or so they say and the Box's interpretations of the classic early Genesis albums are a sight to behold as their many clips on You Tube will attest to. They've played to packed houses around the world to critical praise, making a nice little career for themselves and although the music value of such performances is debatable, it's as close to the real deal as any of us will get to the original 'Foxtrot' tour so what the hell, right? Enter Martin Levac; a former member of The Musical Box who performed as Phil Collins between 2002 and 2007 while releasing music of his own as you guessed it, a French Canadian version of Phil Collins.

The Songs
Personally I've found Collins 80's white boy soul shtick to be an acquired taste but that's exactly where Martin Levac hangs his hat on 'L'amour Ou Le Sexe?' or translated 'Love or Sex?'. He plays drums, sings and even looks like Collins which frankly is kind of scary but if you liked the 'Face Value', 'Hello, I Must Be Going!' and 'No Jacket Required' albums and don't mind a language barrier then Levac is your guy. The title track is actually quite good with a dark atmosphere that hints at 'In The Air Tonight' and while Martin borrows liberally from Phil, the disc isn't totally copyist and the best example of this is the very un-Collins 'Chat Room Boogie'. It's telling that this is the worst song here and the cheesy orgasmic cries are hardly sexy. Much better and jumping back on the Phil bandwagon is a pair of tear-jerker ballads. 'Ton Silence' (Your Silence) and 'Ma Belle Irlandaise' (My Beautiful Irishwoman) are in the style of 'Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)' and both are quite beautiful even if you don't understand a word of French. 'Fou' (Crazy) is the best cut in my humble opinion, a dynamic prog rock sound with classical piano and beefy guitar riffs while closer 'Dans Ma Capsule' (In My Capsule) is a little different for Levac, a wondrous slice of breezy pastoral pop recalling The Wondermints and even The Dream Academy at their most lucid.

In Summary
This disc appears to be long out of print but the Quebec musician continues to record still very much indebted or enamored depending on your point of view to his musical idols. 'A Visible Jazz Touch of Genesis' was released in 2011 with Martin and a Jazz quartet and while we can question much we need such a collection, clearly for Levac the Phil Collins/Genesis well has yet to run dry.

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