Roxanne Potvin is a singer and songwriter based out of Montreal. Her last three albums have been heavy into blues, soul and the R&B scene, but her newest album, set to be released in April 2011, is more like a fairy tale gone right.
After many years centered in the blues, Roxanne was ready to make a change. She left her manager and her record company and started over. When she received an email from Steve Dawson from Black Hen, a label out of Vancouver, the timing couldn’t have been more right.
They met up last April and her album was cut in five days. Potvin, Dawson and his band, Geoff Hicks (drums), Chris Gestrin (keys) and Keith Lowe (bass), recorded the songs right from the studio. Potvin had wanted to have fun with the new album. Judging from the track list and the variety of songs, mission accomplished.
“You Told Me” is a flurry of activity. Phrases like ‘sugar pie and bacon’ make you smile as you listen to her spinning a song that is a bit of a departure from her earlier works.
This album is fun, moody and eccentric. From the punk pop of “Dis-moi que tu m’aimes” to the funky keyboarding of “Pretty Girls,” the songs just keep getting better and better.
The visual nature of “Coral Reef Fishes” and “Sea Shells” really shows themselves to be two of the finest songs on the album. Through Roxanne’s words, you can feel the sand between your toes and hear the water rushing up on the shore.
Roxanne Potvin is queen of the blues, but her newest foray into the edgy but fun rock sounds of “Play” makes the two year wait from her last album worth it. The grit that makes up her authentic sound is there, but the lighter feel to this album makes you want to listen to it again and again.