Chantal, Canadian Chanteuse (Music Thoughts: Autiobiography, Chantal Chamberland)

EVSA335lrThere isn’t a lot of information out there about Chantal Chamberland. All I find is that she hails from Canada, born in Montreal and now living in Ontario. Apparently she has a following in Canada, where she is considered one of their top vocalists. I know she is somewhat describe as a jazz artist, but I do think that she isn’t strictly one – I hear huge pop and rock sensibilities in her music, and I read she plays the guitar, which I think gives her recordings a singer/songwriter vibe. ‘Autobiography’ was released late in 2015, and is a compilation, “Best Of” release from her four previous albums. It’s a doozy – her song selection, and more importantly, her sound is eclectic. And she does not sound schizophrenic even if the album touches on a variety of songs in different genres. This is a woman who knows – and feels – what she is singing, and while her delivery is polished there’s a certain raw edge to her singing that doesn’t sound like she is on auto-pilot. Look at her phrasing on ‘How Deep Is Your love,” the way she breaks certain words – she tries to give it a different interpretation so as to make it not sound like a karaoke interpretation. And she knows how to mine the lyrics in Janis Ian’s ‘At Seventeen.’ I think she is most successful in her cover of Ed Sheeran’s ‘Thinking Out Loud,’ which sounds new – and feminine – in here. (It’s the lone ‘new’ track in this disc) And I am sure her people appreciate her French language recordings, “La Mer,” And “Les Champs Elysees” This release has a regional feel, and I think that’s why I liked it a lot.

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