Sherlock is a Canadian band that sings in French and play Brit-pop. When they started about six years ago they sung in English and then one day about three years ago they said to hell with it and started singing In French. I don’t understand French but I honestly can't make out what the heck rock singers are yelling about most of the time anyway.
There isn’t too much you need to know about this music on their album Réveille le Roi. It’s fairly straightforward rock that revolves around the time-honored structure of drums, bass and guitar. The song writing is better than your average bar band and the production is polished. These arc catchy pop/rock tunes that will mot likely get stuck regardless of what language you understand.
Opener “Dans mes rêves” takes a dash of Brit rock and classic rock to create a pretty catchy tune. I was humming along to the vocal melody despite not understanding a single word of the lyrics. The guitar sound is big and effective with crunchy mid range that sounds meaty coming through your speakers.
The second track “C'que j'ai en tête” definitely has some of that Brit-pop flavor that reminded me of Blur and Pulp. It was the “ooohh ooh” background vocal harmonies combined with the lead guitar part. It's a song that will give you an immediate release of serotonin and put you in a good mood. Not a bad way to start your morning.
“R.S.V.P” rocks out big time Led Zeppelin style. The guitar is wicked as the drums crash and the bass provides a little bit funk. I thought “Tout s'efface” might be an acoustic ballad but picks up some major traction when the electric guitars and drums enter in the picture while "Peut-être ailleurs" reaches it's climax with dueling guitars and vocal melody that is sung with conviction.
Réveille le Roi isn't reinventing the wheel by any stretch of the imagination but Sherlock does what they do really well.
There wasn’t a dud on the album. Like I said this album doesn't need much explanation. Grab a drink, hit play and enjoy.
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