Les Minstrels

St. Laurent des Pins

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St. Laurent des Pins Review

by Roch Parisien

St. Laurent des Pins is not strictly revivalist -- rather, it captures a spirit of innocence, adventure and joie-de-vivre missing from much contemporary music. The Quebec City group performs and records in both English and French; St. Laurent is their first full-length francophone studio venture. The result is less wild and grungy than Les Minstrel's English set, maintaining a formality of structure imposed by the language. From the harmonica-driven R&B of "Les Grands Mechants Loups" to the surfy underwater frolic of "Le Roi des Hippocampes;" from the mock- Latin rhythms of "Amours Voles" to the Beat ballad "L'aele et Robinson," this is timeless stuff that transcends all language barriers.