Julie Masse – Julie Masse (1990)

Growing up in Quebec in the early 1990s, it was practically impossible to not know Julie Masse. Not unlike Celine Dion before her, the singer was Quebec’s sweetheart at the time, all of it based on this debut album, which in retrospect is a little baffling. Mind you, the album is fine – the lyrics are direct, Masse’s voice is strong and clear, and the music is perfectly fine in that early 1990s easy-listening / radio-friendly pop kind of way. But it’s also missing something: Out of all nine tracks, only singles like “C’est Zero” and “Sans T’oublier” really stand out, with the rest sort of fading into the background. Nostalgia made me appreciate it this time around, but I’m not sure this has anything to offer for anyone who didn’t grow up with it.

Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)

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