Sucre 3 is Monstre's debut album. Philippe Lambert's project turns out to be very different than anything else to come from Montreal during the 1990s. His avant-gardist instrumental noise pop has very little to do with creative artists like Godspeed You Black Emperor!, Shalabi Effect, Fly Pan Am, or any Ambiances Magnétiques artist. Belonging to a younger form of expression, Monstre brings a breath of fresh air on that city's experimental scene. Within 30 minutes, Sucre 3 delivers 11 sub-pop tunes, building bridges between noise, electronica, and pop. The voice is at the heart of every track: a trashy, wordless, screaming voice that brings immediately to mind Mike Patton's solo CD Adult Themes ("Sound/Silence" will catch the attention of every Mr. Bungle fan). Add to that minimalist melodies in the vein of avant-pop artists like Sack und Blumm or even Stereolab, a touch of krautrock, a lot of noise, and serious studio work to get an idea of what Sucre 3 can sound like. There is even a bit of influence from gamelan music in "Babygong." Highly original, Sucre 3 will appeal to experimental ears hooked on pop structures.
AllMusic Review by François Couture