Mitsou – La Collection (2006)

For anyone who grew up in Quebec in the late 1980s, this greatest-hits compilation of the French-Canadian pop star will be nothing less than a veritable walk down memory lane. The performer, who often took her cues from the road Madonna was paving out for herself, is charismatic and has a strong voice, although it’s unmistakable that some of the material here is beneath her. Songs like “Heading West” and “Everybody Say Love” can’t get away from her strained English pronunciation, while some of her weaker tracks like “Los Amigos” and “A Funny Place (The World Is)” are inexplicably included. But thanks to signature hits like “Bye Bye Mon Cowboy” and “Dis-Moi Dis-Moi,” not to mention great Quebec covers like “Le Ya-Ya” and “Comme J’ai Toujours Envie D’aimer,” Mitsou’s musical legacy remains a mostly strong affair.

Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)

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