Zachary Richard

Migration

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A compilation of Zachary Richard's early European and Canadian hits, Migration is an often overlooked piece of work in his repertoire, and it is a puzzle as to why. Maybe because it is entirely sung in French and not English, but whatever the reason for the puzzle, it is an album that should be sought out. This is one of his finest pieces of work in many ways. Though the words are just accessible to people who speak French, the sentiment expressed vividly comes through. This recording truly features Richard's very fine and expressive voice. He has one of the finest singing voices in the Cajun/zydeco world. He uses his music as a tool to reach out further for his activism for Cajun rights. On Migration he has a tight band that is supporting him every step of the way, while at the same time giving him the room to let his voice shine through and be the instrument that propels the album to its heights. In turn he gives these musicians the room and instrumental breaks to shine and step forth and show their merit. It is the songs and the treatment of them that earns this record such high marks. Richard has again shown the depth and breath of his talents.