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Béliveau, Véronique - 1987 Borderline

ARTIST: Béliveau, Véronique
ALBUM: Borderline
YEAR: 1987


LINEUP: Véronique Béliveau - vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Do You Still Want Me * 02 Borderline * 03 I Can't Help It * 04 I Can't Hold Back * 05 Take A Chance On Me * 06 Make A Move On Me * 07 Love You Like A Fire * 08 What I Want (I Ain't Got) * 09 Lost In Love

French Canadian melodic rock operates in rare atmosphere these days. But a few decades ago, we had the likes of Aldo Nova, Beau Geste, Morse Code, Leyden Zar, The Box and probably the most famous one of them all: Celine Dion; as some fine examples of what came out of the Quebec region. There were more obviously, I'm just cherry-picking a handful. Added to the list was the lovely Véronique Béliveau, who produced two English speaking LP's in the late 80's, after putting out several LP's in her native French tongue between 1977 and 1985.

The Songs
'Borderline' is heavy on mid 80's production attributes. I'm guessing you know what these are. Big electronic drums and percussion, synths everywhere, dance-oriented rhythms and hi-tech arrangements. I'm not really a follower of this sub-genre, but I do like to dabble in it - depending on who it is. This album has some good moments, Véronique's voice not dissimilar to American CCM artist Trace Balin, especially on the excellent 'I Can't Hold Back'. Her best known song from the album is 'Make A Move On Me', which showcases her ability perfectly. Check the video for this underneath. 'Take A Chance' also veers toward the AOR on ramp, it's pretty good and racy. The ballad 'Lost In Love' is full of big hooks, and the guitar solo is right out of the Huff, Thompson, Landau textbook. I much prefer the guitar-oriented track here, such as the title track 'Borderline' and 'I Can't Help It'. Less so the dance-oriented stuff like 'Do You Still Want Me', 'Love You Like A Fire' and 'What I Want (I Ain't Got)', which sounds like a reworked Sheena Easton.

In Summary
As a result of this album, Veronique would be nominated for Best Female Artist of the Year at the Junos in 1987. Béliveau would release one more English speaking album called 'Véronique' in 1989, but opted out of the business after this. Worth an investigation if you are into hi-tech female fronted AOR. [word count 335]

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#1 | gdazegod on April 16 2016 22:00:30
Véronique Béliveau - 1987 Make A Move On Me
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#2 | Eric on April 16 2016 22:54:43
There is loads of good stuff that came out of Quebec in the 80's, but I've not heard this one. I made a trip to Montreal in 2003 and came back with several disc's and I think I've reviewed a couple of them here as well.
#3 | gdazegod on April 17 2016 04:32:36
What would be of interest to you Eric, is that Richard Carpenter produced Veronique's final 1989 album. Might be worth checking it out for that reason alone.
#4 | Explorer on April 17 2016 15:57:02
Intriguing, reminds me a little of another Canadian act One 2 One. any chance of a download link for this George??
#5 | gdazegod on April 17 2016 19:13:22
Coming up very shortly Malcolm.
#6 | Explorer on April 17 2016 20:01:19
Top man George!
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