Jean-Pierre Ferland


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Androgyne was Jean-Pierre Ferland's last album for eight years -- and it was hardly worth recording. After the piano-and-voice affair of Y'a Pas Deux Chansons Pareilles, this one comes back to a pop sound, but this time completely turned toward the '80s. There is not a single bit of Ferland's previous creativity to be found and what remains of his sense of humor and gentle naughtiness are drowned in synthesizers and a cold, all-digital production. The title track became a hit single (so did "L'Amour M'Adore"), but his vocal delivery has been stripped from all of its usual trademarks -- it could be anyone singing. Worth salvaging, "Télégramme à une Folle" acts like an oasis of good songwriting among all the bland trendy pop tunes that make up this platter. The attempt to forge a concept album from the alternate titles placed in brackets (all revolving around the quest for perfect love) fails to convince. The songs were written with Daniel Mercure, also responsible for the previous LP and clearly aimed for the pop radio market. The plan worked and yielded the most forgettable of all Ferland records.

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