Sylvain Cossette - 70s, Vol.2


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There's some sort of tendency in Quebec for artists to gain surprising success with covers of established hits from decades past. The Lost Fingers, a gypsy jazz group, scored big with transformations of '80s pop hits in 2008. Similarly, the longer-standing singer/songwriter Sylvain Cossette took on hits of the '70s in 2007 successfully and released a follow-up recording in 2008 covering more ground. Cossette doesn't transform the songs so much as attempt to render them in a more exact replica of the original recordings. There's a hint of a Quebecois accent in his delivery, but otherwise the covers are shockingly true to the originals. Cossette and his band do their best to capture not only the mood and form of the pieces, but the smaller accents and ornaments embedded in the works. Where the similarity starts to break apart a bit though is in Cossette's delivery itself. He makes a valiant effort to sound like Don Henley, to sound like John Lennon, to sound like Sting, but his voice simply can't cover all of those aspects without leaving others to languish a little. The result is that of a very good cover band. When they're properly on, the work is nearly indistinguishable from the original band. When they're off, there's a greater sense of mimicry instead, a lack of originality. Cossette does a fine job, but it's the mark of a good cover artist that one feels like listening to the originals afterward, rather than listen to the covers again. Cossette performs this duty perhaps a bit too well. - by Adam Greenberg, Rovi


Sylvain Cossette
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Get Back (Beatles 1970), Message In A Bottle (Police 1979), Roxanne (Police 1978), Hold The Line (Toto 1978), Baby I Love Your Way (Peter Frampton 1975), Show Me The Way (Peter Frampton 1975), Band On The Run (Wings 1973), School (Supertramp 1974), Hotel California (Eagles 1976), Suite Madame Blue (Styx 1975), Smoke On The Water (Deep Purple 1972), Another Brick In The Wall (Pink Floyd 1979), Roundabout (Yes 1971), Bohemian Rhapsody (Queen 1975)
Anderson Merchandisers
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5535617, 30472402

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