Les Colocs
Dehors Novembre


4.5
superb

Review

by OublieSeptembre USER (1 Reviews)
June 8th, 2016 | 8 replies


Release Date: 1998 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A damn fine record by a hell of a band unfortunately neglected outside of Québec and French-speaking Canadians./ Un effort incroyable par un bande incroyable qui est maladroitement négligé au dehors de la Québec et les Canadiens qui parlent la Francai

Les Colocs are a band that I feel are shamefully overlooked outside of their native Québec, and this album is the pinnacle of their collective talent and would unfortunately be their last.

The group's second and final record, "Dehors Novembre" is a clever, funky and moody album that mixes a sense of overwhelming existential dread with a kind of slick wit and cynical humour that could only come from the French. The founder and lead singer, André "Dédé" Fortin, writes with a kind of sarcastic tone that captures the essence of the conflicts going on in his head perfectly. Tracks like "La Maladresse" feel gloomy and dirty, as if they had been dragged through the muddy recesses of Fortin's head whereas tracks like the reggae and blues inspired "Tassez-vous de d'la" capture his more playful nature as a songwriter. Truly, Dehors Novembre is an adventure through the various emotions of a terribly depressed man.

The record isn't without flaws, however, as this conflicting nature throughout the album leave it feeling a tad disjunctive and inconsistent at times. The transition from funky tracks like the afformentioned "Tassez-vous de d'la" into the very gloomy "La Maladresse" and "Le Repondeur" and then back into a more funky reggae inspired sound in tracks like "Tout Seul" leaves the leader feeling confused, as if Fortin wasn't quite sure what kind of record he wanted to make (the random English sung blues track "U-Turn" also confused the *** out of me, good as the track may be). But, despite the inconsistencies in genre every track is enjoyable and memorable. I believe this is the record's saving grace, and it's because of this that the essence of the chaos of emotions put into the record is captured well without just feeling senselessly inconsistent.

In all honesty, not too much can be said in regards to "Dehors Novembre" without me telling you, very simply, to purchase this album however possible. In early May of 2000 André Fortin tragically committed suicide and truly, the band died with him. If anything, give this record a listen to hear the last efforts of an incredible musician.

/En Francais/

Les Colocs sont un groupe que je me sens sont honteusement négligé en dehors de leur Québec natal, et cet album est le summum de leur talent collectif et serait malheureusement être leur dernière.

La deuxième et dernier enregistrement du groupe, "Dehors Novembre" est un album intelligent, génial et de mauvaise humeur qui mêle un sentiment de crainte existentielle écrasante avec une sorte d'esprit lisse et l'humour cynique qui ne pouvait venir du français. Le fondateur et chanteur, André «Dédé» Fortin, écrit avec une sorte de ton sarcastique qui capture l'essence des conflits en cours dans sa tête parfaitement. Des titres comme "La Maladresse" se sentent sombre et sale, comme si elles avaient été traînés * travers les évidements boueux de la tête de Fortin alors que des morceaux comme le reggae et le blues inspirés "Tassez-vous de d'la" capturer sa nature plus ludique comme un auteur-compositeur. Vraiment, Dehors Novembre est une aventure * travers les différentes émotions d'un homme terriblement déprimé.

Le dossier est pas sans défauts, cependant, que cette nature contradictoire tout au long de l'album laisser se sentir un peu disjonctive et incohérent * certains moments. La transition de pistes géniales comme le afformentioned "Tassez-vous de d'la" dans le très sombre "La Maladresse" et "Le Repondeur", puis de nouveau dans un reggae inspiré son plus funky en morceaux comme "Tout Seul" quitte le leader sentiment confus, comme si Fortin était pas tout * fait sûr de ce genre de disque qu'il voulait faire (l'anglais aléatoire de blues chanté morceau "U-Turn" a également confondu la merde hors de moi, bien que la piste peut être). Mais, en dépit des incohérences dans le genre chaque piste est agréable et mémorable. Je crois que ceci est la grâce salvatrice de l'enregistrement, et il est pour cette raison que l'essence du chaos des émotions mises dans le dossier est bien capturé sans sentiment juste absurdement incohérent.

En toute honnêteté, pas trop peut être dit en ce qui concerne "Dehors Novembre" sans moi vous dire, très simplement, d'acheter cet album cependant possible. Au début de mai 2000, André Fortin de suicide tragiquement engagés et vraiment, le groupe est mort avec lui. Si quoi que ce soit, donner * ce dossier une écoute pour entendre les derniers efforts d'un musicien incroyable.


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OublieSeptembre
June 7th 2016


2 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Partial error on my end, I wrote leader because as i was writing this I believe I thought reader and listener at the same time. Highschool English paper writing has permanently fucked my head, I fear.

ThatDude
June 8th 2016


36 Comments


Didn't even know they had a page on this site. Exceptionnal album.

grandbazaar
June 8th 2016


11 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Not a grammar Nazi or anything but this sentence in the summary hurts my brain.



"Un effort incroyable par un bande incroyable qui est maladroitement négligé au dehors de la Québec et les Canadiens qui parlent la Francai"

grandbazaar
June 8th 2016


11 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

The english portion of this review is very well written, but the French seems to be a too literal translation of english and in consequence a lot of the sentence structure suffers and some of the wording make no sense at all.



examples :

"écrit avec une sorte de ton sarcastique qui capture l'essence des conflits en cours dans sa tête parfaitement."

"travers les évidements boueux de la tête de Fortin"



Jethro42
June 8th 2016


14110 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yes I agree with grandbazar, it shows that French is translated from English. A lot of French sentences need to be corrected. I could give you some help if you want since I'm a French speaker.

Your English review is all right and complete enough. You clearly describe what kind of sound the album offers, and you talk about the songs just enough to let us a good idea about them. Finally you tell us about the fragile state of mind of Dédé Fortin which eventually led to his suicide and to the end of the band shortly after.

Great first - English - review. I'm glad to see this being reviewed. Pos'd...And I consider to giving the album a 4.5/5.

@grandbazaar, are you sure about your rating? Cos the album contains a lot of gems that probably need more time from you to appreciate. I thought you gave the rating a bit quickly, can it be? Just saying...

Jethro42
June 8th 2016


14110 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Btw, it's a good idea to put on the review in both languages. I was hoping to see it in French at first, so yes. And welcome to the site.

Hypochondria
June 8th 2016


88 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Stunning album. La maladresse and U-turn are somewhat filler for me but the rest is amazing. The lyrics throughout the album are particularily gripping, the whole thing basically reads as a suicide letter

OublieSeptembre
June 18th 2016


2 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thank you for the feedback. I concede in my rush to complete the French portion I lazily threw it in Google Translate. I'm afraid I'm not quite as confident in my French writing as I would like to be. I can comprehend french and hold conversation well enough but to actually try and write it myself is a challenge and I apologize for that. I didn't do the language justice.



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