Country : Canada (Quebec) Label : Spectra Musique Genres and styles : Electro-Pop / Singer-Songwriter Year : 2020

Les cœurs du mal

· by Luc Marchessault

After clicking on the white triangle, we hear a deep, gravelly voice chanting, “J’ai vu la colère – J’ai vu l’avanie – Les deux ravagèrent – Ce qu’on avait d’acquis” (I saw anger / I saw humiliation / The two of them ravaged / what we had gained”). One wonders whether this is a posthumous song by Philippe Léotard or Allain Leprest, or a new album by Hubert-Félix Thiéfaine. Mais non! This voice and these words emanate from Abelaïd Khydali, an anagram behind which hides – barely – Adib Alkhalidey, whom we know as a humourist, actor, and director (Mon ami Walid).

Adib reveals his unsuspected affinity with poetry and music in a masterful and unequivocal manner. What a limpid and inspired pen, sometimes melancholy, sometimes soothing! Adib Alkhalidey, alias Abelaïd (from Abel, the first victim of a fratricide according to Genesis, and aïd, which means “feast” in Arabic), opts for a spicy language, capable of resonating in the ears of all francophones and francophiles. We’re grateful to him for this. Pierre Lapointe too, who will no doubt feel less lonely.

To penetrate the ether of our ambivalent consciousness, these lyrics are laid out on a rhythmic and melodic support of a synthetic nature, except for rare acoustic contributions, as in “Orphelines”. The atmosphere is sometimes conducive to dance, as in the title song. Mathieu Magny produced Les cœurs du mal, an allusion to the iconic collection by the man who dyed his hair green 125 years before Johnny Rotten, Charles Baudelaire. 

After the sudden conclusion of “L’Enfer c’est l’Autre (seulement si tu le crois)”, the last track of the album, nothing can stop us from affirming that Les cœurs du mal is one of the most edifying works of the moment, in French-speaking song.

Latest 360 Content

Habitat Sonore at Centre Phi| Summer playlist and ideal venue for active, immersive listening

Habitat Sonore at Centre Phi| Summer playlist and ideal venue for active, immersive listening

HABITAT SONORE :  the music that rocks Montreal… and the Phi Center !

HABITAT SONORE :  the music that rocks Montreal… and the Phi Center !

Piknic Électronik | Pretty Privilege is aiming joy and sassiness

Piknic Électronik | Pretty Privilege is aiming joy and sassiness

Suoni | Sara Davachi and the idea of being played by No Hay Banda

Suoni | Sara Davachi and the idea of being played by No Hay Banda

Phi Centre | KALLITECHNIS is about sensuality and introspection

Phi Centre | KALLITECHNIS is about sensuality and introspection

Dumai Dunai – Sometime Between Now and Never

Dumai Dunai – Sometime Between Now and Never

Montréal Baroque Fest 2024 : discover the ‘’Multiverse’’ programming

Montréal Baroque Fest 2024 : discover the ‘’Multiverse’’ programming

L’Orchestre de l’Agora, Natasha Kanapé Fontaine, Claudie Bertounesque, Richard Strauss, Élizabeth St-Gelais | Nicolas Ellis explains the Gala de la Terre

L’Orchestre de l’Agora, Natasha Kanapé Fontaine, Claudie Bertounesque, Richard Strauss, Élizabeth St-Gelais | Nicolas Ellis explains the Gala de la Terre

Bell Orchestre becomes immersive and interactive, House Music becomes Sound House at SAT

Bell Orchestre becomes immersive and interactive, House Music becomes Sound House at SAT

INTERVIEW: Dumai Dunai releases debut album

INTERVIEW: Dumai Dunai releases debut album

Der Kaiser von Atlantis: a modest but important production

Der Kaiser von Atlantis: a modest but important production

SAT Dômesicle | Elena Colombi, a lot from the head for the body

SAT Dômesicle | Elena Colombi, a lot from the head for the body

Jill Barber: in French, again and always!

Jill Barber: in French, again and always!

Kaytranada – Timeless

Kaytranada – Timeless

Ibelisse Guardia Ferragutti & Frank Rosaly – Mestizk

Ibelisse Guardia Ferragutti & Frank Rosaly – Mestizk

Classica Festival – Piazzolla, de New York à Paris

Classica Festival – Piazzolla, de New York à Paris

Los Days – Dusty Dreams

Los Days – Dusty Dreams

Ana Lua Caiano – Vou Ficar Neste Quadrado

Ana Lua Caiano – Vou Ficar Neste Quadrado

Patrick Giguère – Intimes exubérances

Patrick Giguère – Intimes exubérances

6 women, 3 operas and a beautiful evening of premieres

6 women, 3 operas and a beautiful evening of premieres

Suoni Per Il Popolo | Kiva Stimac explains her artistic direction

Suoni Per Il Popolo | Kiva Stimac explains her artistic direction

Sandra Contour – J’ai pas d’visite

Sandra Contour – J’ai pas d’visite

Surrealist dive at Innovations en concert

Surrealist dive at Innovations en concert

Subscribe to our newsletter