Published Nov 08, 2011Quebecoise pop chanteuse Isabelle Boulay has been releasing music for close to two decades and she's showing no signs of slowing down. Today (November 8), she dropped a new LP called Les Grands Espaces via Audiogram/Select.
A press release calls it a "folksy country album" and promises that its "15 tracks take you on a grand tour of Europe and America." It's heavy on cover tunes, and the tracklist includes a version of Dolly Parton's "True Blue" sung with Dolly herself. This duet was recorded in Nashville and is streaming below.
The disc also features "Jolie Louise" by Daniel Lanois, "To Know Him Is to Love Him" by Phil Spector's group the Teddy Bears, and "Summer Wine" by Suzi Jane Hokom and Lee Hazlewood, plus a slew of additional covers and originals. The album was produced by returning collaborator Benjamin Biolay.
"I wanted an album both familiar and uncanny," said Boulay in a statement, "an album that would celebrate the giddiness of life, precious, fragile life. With this album I feel I'm finally revealing my true nature."
Check out the tracklist below and the cover above. You can also listen to minute-and-a-half-long previews of each song from the label's website.
Les Grands Espaces:
1. "Fin Octobre, Début Novembre"
2. "Souffrir Par Toi N'est Pas Souffrir" (Julien Clerc)
3. "Jolie Louise" (Daniel Lanois)
4. "All I Want Is Love"
5. "Voulez-Vous L'amour?"
6. "True Blue" (Dolly Parton)
7. "Mille Après Mille" (Gérald Joly)
8. "Les Grands Espaces"
9. "Voyager Léger"
10. "Summer Wine" (Suzi Jane Hokom and Lee Hazlewood)
11. "To Know Him Is to Love Him" (The Teddy Bears)
12. "Où Va La Chance?" (Phil Ochs)
13. "Partir Au Loin"
14. "Amour Aime Aussi Nous Voir Tomber"
15. "At Last" (Etta James)