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Studio Album, released in 1999

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Quand l'amour n'y est pas (5:00)
2. La fille du roi d'Espagne (4:03)
3. Le soleil s'en va se coucher (5:01)
4. Le flambeau d'amour (3:28)
5. La fille-soldat de Montcontour (5:00)
6. Le cheval en peinture (3:54)
7. Mes souliers sont ronds (3:12)
8. Deline (4:14)
9. Cherchant ses amours (4:00)
10. Blanche comme la neige (5:52)
11. Nanon (6:43)

Total Time 50:27

Line-up / Musicians

- Michel Lalonde / vocals, guitar
- Marc Lalonde / vocals, bass
- Reginald Guay / vocals, keyboards
- Gaston Gagnon / lead guitar
- Michel Stan Deguire / drums

- Réjean Bouchard / additional guitar (8)

Releases information

CD Francor FRA1208-2 (1999, Canada)

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Review by kenethlevine
2 stars Perhaps buoyed by their "Reunion" live album of 1995, the core members of GAROLOU regrouped in 1999 for what appears to have been a one-off studio project as of this date. Given how the live work was justifiably focused on their first 3 and best albums from 1976-1980, it's rather disappointing that "Memoire Vive" is more in the vein of the dispirited "Centre Ville" from 1982.

Most of the tracks find refuge in a generic soft rock format, smooth and admittedly melodic but lacking the serration of their best work, where the band more than overcame and even capitalized on the dearth of traditional instrumentation with a rustic allure. One major exception is the reggae tinged "La fille du roi d'Espagne", which triumphantly resurrects the group's fascination with historical settings, a feat not repeated enough elsewhere in this offering. Two folk-country tunes "Le cheval en peinture" and "Mes souliers sont ronds" are enjoyable enough without scaling previous peaks. The opening number "Quand l'amour n'y est pas" is by far the most impressive of the slick arrangements that dominate the rest of the disc, and the enthusiasm from the albeit modest levels wanes noticeably on the last few tracks.

The problem with such reunion projects is that, rather than rejuvenating the dwindling fan base with vivid memories of how things were, they make us wonder whether we overrated even the classic material. While slightly better than "Centre Ville", this is substantially inferior to "Romancero", with which it cannot share the middling rung. 2.5 stars rounded down then.

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3 stars This album is the first studio album by Garolou since 1982. For the most part, this is a fine return to form. While the songs remain normal-length and pretty safe, most of the songs are really good, very musical, and the sound quality is excellent. Of the 11 songs on this album, there are only 3 I f ... (read more)

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