Mon Electric Bijou Backstabber Blues

Mon Electric Bijou Backstabber Blues
There's a distinctive guitar sound to Mon Electric Bijou's Backstabber Blues. It's dark and polished, and the constant use of minor chords gives the opening of the album a stifling, oppressive feel. "The Aging Process" and "The Venom In Me" are both sparse instrumental tracks, more art rock than the alt-country with which Mon Electric Bijou have made their name. Even on the supposedly more radio-friendly "She Scared The Patrons," the vocals take a back seat to the epic guitar work. Backstabber Blues is Mon Electric Bijou's fourth album. This time, principal songwriter Martin Saz has teamed up with fellow Montreal musicians Christian Aubin and Martin Robillard, with the express goal of creating a richer, fuller sound. They've certainly been successful. But only occasionally, such as on the chorus of "Plastic Shaman," does the mood lighten. While on Backstabber Blues, Mon Electric Bijou create an impressive sound, it sure makes the album a difficult listen. (Roast)