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Burning Rain

by Josee Allard

Catchy feel good music that you'll want to sing along to, that you can listen to anytime.. on a road trip, while cooking diner or hanging out with friends... cool vibes with a mix of folk, pop & country.
Genre: Folk: Folk Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Love Is All We Need
3:57 $0.99
2. I Remember You
3:46 $0.99
3. Burning Rain
3:21 $0.99
4. Simply Can't Move
2:52 $0.99
5. Harmony
3:08 $0.99
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Album Notes
Album Review: Josee Allard, Burning Rain
(Pascal Dufour Production, CD, digital)

Any singer-songwriter that isn’t a known quantity will have to withstand comparisons to popular artists in similar sounding genres and musical styles. While this can tend to pigeonhole an artist, that won’t be happening to Josee Allard. With the release of her fifth album, the 2019 EP Burning Rain, the comparisons are not only exceptionally flattering, but they cut a wide swath through some very diverse genres.

The British Columbia-born songwriter is now a rural Adirondack native, arriving in Merrill, NY by way of the Quebec music scene. It was there that Allard met Pascal Dufour, her friend and the producer of Burning Rain and her 2014 album, Day by Day. Fluent in French, there is no trace of an accent in Allard’s singing voice, only the ability to transition from sultry to sweet according to her songwriting whims.

“Love Is All We Need”, the first track on Burning Rain, is filled with a variety of time signatures and a low-key groove that is decidedly Dido-esque. Allard’s guitar backs up her message beautifully in what feels like an anthem of peace in contrast to the bedlam of the times in her adoptive country of residence.

Is there such a thing as soul pop? If so, Allard has created it with the second track, “I Remember You”. Francois Derrien’s opening Wurlitzer paired with Dufour’s spare electric guitar hint at a sweet, lazy Sunday afternoon in a song, but the lyrics tell a different story. With graceful harmonies by longtime friend, Elizabeth Blouin-Brathwaite, Allard brings attention to addiction, how it can happen to anyone and all a friend can do is hope they get back to the person they once were. Spoiler alert: Be fully prepared to hum this song for the rest of the day, or even the week upon listening.

The EP’s title track is smack in the middle of the disc, and “Burning Rain” comes on like a force to be reckoned with. Drums drive the beat and Allard’s voice drops to a sultry low in this song about passion and desire surpassing fear in a new love affair. When the djembe kicks in along with Allard’s chanting, a rhythmic afrobeat is created and resistance is futile.

“I Simply Can’t Move” is a beautifully crafted, candy-coated, boot scootin’ boogie of a song in which Tammy Wynette meets the nineties and its more than okay. The lovestruck protagonist in Allard’s song can’t get out of her own, or anyone else’s way. Although the ending has a Patsy Cline vibe, you know that this girl gets the object of her desire in the end.
“Snow is glistening” in Track 5 with “Harmony”. The antithesis of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”, “Harmony” brings the EP’s themes of love, friendship and peace full circle. Allard melds the images of warming yourself by the fire while snow falls steadily outside to her lightly strumming on her ukulele and creates a world where music brings everyone together. You’ll want to snap your fingers along with her and transport yourself there, even if you hate the cold.

Was it her trip to Nashville in 2018, the culmination of years of crafting songs or hitting her stride with producer Dufour on their second album together that lit the fire for this fantastique compilation by this multi-talented, bilingual singer? Whatever is responsible for this joy of A-side tracks, know that you won’t be able to stop humming after the first listen. Harmony, harmony…



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