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Did you have the return of Moist on your 2022 bingo card?

Eight years have passed since the unveiling of Glory Under Dangerous Skies, a satisfying if cautious fourth album that was celebrated at the time as the return of so-called Canadian alternative (or “big shiny rock” if you prefer). Considering that The Tea Party was proposing at the same time The Ocean at the End, the excitement – ​​at least, within the CHOM FM team – was justified.

Moist


Did you have the return of Moist on your 2022 bingo card?

★★★ 1/2

End of the Ocean

Well, almost a decade later, David Usher has found time in his schedule (the guy is an author, artistic director and so on; his career is fascinating) to record again with his friends, and the work is (a bit) refreshing.

The end of the ocean… and the rest?

Musically, we remain on incredibly well-known and beaten ground. Without necessarily rehashing its glory of yesteryear, Moist still opts for a devilishly contemporary and conventional direction. It’s rock that you stumble upon while going from one radio station to another during a roadtrip. Correct, no more.

Where Moist stands out is precisely through the pen of Usher who, visibly, is more than inspired by his Climate Clock (davidusher.com/climate-clock), this “countdown” towards global warming carried out in the company of a teacher from Concordia University. To make a long story short: Moist does eco-anxiety rock here denouncing hyperconsumption (with a little more subtlety than Don’t Look Up, Nevertheless). I’ll sell you the punch: Usher points to optimism and the common front…at times.

End of the Ocean will not convert new fans, but will at least comfort the unconditional music lovers of the project. It’s better than nothing.

Muse


Did you have the return of Moist on your 2022 bingo card?

★★

Won’t Stand Down

Muse forsakes (a tad) electronic tweaks to return to its true trademark: epic pop rock, hymnic and also cheesy, even pretentious (on the choruses, at least). As for the verses, Matt Bellamy, true to form, croone on a rock pop mixture flirting with electro and which even echoes the famous sails from AWOLNATION (not a compliment). Won’t Stand Down risks appealing only to fanatics of the group, both the new single falls between two chairs. Pity.

Alicia Moffet


Did you have the return of Moist on your 2022 bingo card?

★★ 1/2

lullaby

Timing ! A few weeks after a “conflict” opposing her, in particular, to the influencer Elisabeth Rioux, Alicia Moffet launches a firebrand which could well be a mercurial response to the stampede… against a background of rhythmic pop R&B à la Charlotte Cardin, like it should. In addition to echoing the artist behind Phoenix, Moffet interprets a text probably composed in a hurry as it is based on a simplicity that boils down to swinging middle fingers at the refrains. Moffet remains convincing, of course, but we expected better.

Marc Lavoine


Did you have the return of Moist on your 2022 bingo card?

Adult never

The pop singer and actor is back behind the mic almost four years later I come back to you, an album acclaimed for its subtle pop songs as well as its stripped-down ballads. Superstitious, Marc Lavoine? For this 13and album, the artist is cautious, then opts for a logical follow-up and even goes so far as to rely more on more conservative pieces. Note: a strange dichotomy inhabits the title-track even though it is the most appreciable of the work (it is the most original) and the most gloomy (because Grand Corps Malade participates in it and brings absolutely nothing to it interesting).

Eddie Vedder


Did you have the return of Moist on your 2022 bingo card?

★★★

Brother The Cloud

A decade (!) after his second solo LP, Eddie Vedder finally returns with a new single announcing an album – Earthing, to be released on February 11 – closer to the rock of Pearl Jam than to his ukulele pieces. Opting for an almost grunge rock on a background of mourning which will certainly please his fans in their forties, Vedder also takes the opportunity to surround himself with other big names in alternative rock of the 90s, including Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers). . Predictable, therefore, but well done and strangely reassuring. A commonplace which, obviously, does good this week.