Robert Charlebois

Super Position

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Super Position is embarrassing on many levels. Released in 1985, it follows all the clichés of '80s pop music, from the synthesizer-ridden arrangements to the inflated female backing vocals and the benign subjects. In 1983, Robert Charlebois released Robert Charlebois [aka J'T'Aime Comme un Fou], which also went for the easy commercial road but managed to remain respectable and entertaining. This time around it does not work. All but one track have lyrics by Claude Péloquin, once a provocative poet and the writer of Charlebois' classic 1968 psychedelic hit "Lindberg." But by 1985, Pélo had lost his bite and was writing the words the public wanted to hear. His easy plays on words and yuppie love stories will bore the most well-intentioned listener. The album yielded three minor hits -- "C'Est Pas Physique, C'Est Électrique," "Zoo-diac," and "Juke Box," the latter an example of blatant self-plagiarism as the singer tries to repeat the success of his 1983 rock & roll revival hit "Les Talons Hauts." In four decades of a career with its ups and downs, the singer never hit lower than this. Even Heureux en Amour? sounds substantial in comparison.

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