Gilles Sioui

Rising Sun

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The follow-up to the low-budget CD Gilles C. Sioui & the Midnight Riders, Rising Sun consecrated Gilles Sioui as a folk/blues rock singer. In the Huron language, Sioui means Rising Sun, thus the albums title. A few songs from the first CD have been salvaged, rearranged, and marvelously re-recorded, the better being the once-acoustic "Wendat Land," now a heavy Native rock anthem, and the beautiful "Bound for a Change," shortened for more impact, the perfect balance between J.J. Cale, Eric Clapton, and early Neil Young. "Another Waisted Morning" was chosen as the first single, its country-folk flavor making it a nice song for adult contemporary radio stations. Sioui's guitar playing is simple but very effective throughout, once again recalling J.J. Cale. His singing is a lot more confident, but his voice remains a little hesitant -- just enough to charm. The funky blues-rock "Travel Day" brings nice energy, but overall Rising Sun is a mellow, textural album to be enjoyed in the evening by the fire. Florent Vollant of Kashtin (with whom Sioui recorded and toured) appears on two tracks.

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