Raôul Duguay


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Caser marked Raôul Duguay's return to pop music after a hiatus of ten years. It could have been awful, but even though the singer aims at every target, it is not so bad. Among the ten new songs, three remakes have been inserted to try to catch the attention of the old fan. Familiar themes (love, spiritual growth) are completed by more up-to-date realities, the title of "wwwbabel.com" being enough proof by itself. At times the singer is true to his old self, like in "Le Rêveur Éveillé," "Pour l'Amour de la Vie," and the two songs written with jazzman Pierre Nadeau (also responsible for Robert Charlebois' 1970 hit "Ordinaire"). Things are more bumpy when Duguay tries to sound young. The siliconed female back vocals in "Raôulant," for instance, simply feel out of place. Bigger-than-life production doesn't fit the man. The three revisited oldies add nothing to the original versions: "La Bittt à Tibi" verges the ridiculous and "Le Voyage" is satisfyingly interpreted (but the beautiful lyrics have been severely shortened). As for "L'Appartement Roulant," here retitled "Le Zoo Roulant," nobody remembered it anyway. Granted, the singer proved he still had a good voice capable of performing all the strange quirks that forged his countercultural freak image in the early '70s. But times have changed and this attempt at giving his music a contemporary commercial sound failed to convince both the old fans and the younger generation.

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