Both Arcade Fire and Les Breastfeeders hail from
Montreal, Quebec, but these two bands couldn't be more different.
Whereas Arcade Fire performs earnest and oftentimes sad songs,
Les Breastfeeders shout out angry garage rock. Both groups include
male and female members, but Les Breastfeeders' Luc Brien
(the male) and Suzie McLelove are like a couple of teens
trying to be heard over the crowd at a frat party. Arcade Fire
sings in English, but Les Breastfeeders enunciate entirely in
French. Clearly, there are distinct differences, eh?
At its loosest, Les Breastfeeders will remind you of those haphazard
Replacements. But then something like "Funny Funiculaire"
comes along, which is a tight The Rolling Stones-meets-surf
rock mishmash. Tight: now that's something Paul Westerberg's
never succeeded at. McLelove sings it in a pretty party girl voice,
too. Westerberg's many things, but pretty isn't one of them. Party
girl is another thing he ain't, either. Brien, like Westerberg,
never sounds pretty at all. He could just as easily front a hardcore
punk band with a sandpaper voice like his.
Almost everything on this disc speeds along at a frantic pace.
"En Dansant le Yah!" stands out for its call and response
vocal arrangement: Brien calls and McLelove responds with yelps.
"Ou Allez-deux Femmes" also shows a different side of
the band with its jangly guitar part. Les Breastfeeders get soulful
with "Et J'Apprendrai Que C'Est l'Hiver." Who knew Muscle
Shoals reached all the way over the border into Canada?
Old TV ads once told us that milk had something for everybody,
which makes Les Breastfeeders' unique mother's milk every school
boy's wet dream. But even if you're not a horny teen boy, you'll
likely find yourself bouncing along to this CD... all the while
wondering what the heck they're singing about.
1. Viens avec Moi
2. Chanson pour Destinée
3. Funny Funiculaire
4. Tout Va pour le Mieux dans le Pire des Mondes
6. Et J'Apprendrai Que C'Est l'Hiver
7. En Dansant le Yah!
8. Pas Sans Saveur
9. Le Roi Est Nu
10. Qui a Deux Femmes
11. Où Allez-Vous Si Vite?
12. Tuer l'Idole
13. Tu N'Es Pas Mon Chien
14 . Septembre Sous la Pluie
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