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Album Review

Harmonium's first album was recorded as a trio. Singer-guitarist Serge Fiori and guitarist Michel Normandeau wrote all the music and lyrics. Bassist Louis Valois completed the band. A session drummer, Réjean Emond, appears on half of the songs. Acoustic bass, 12-string guitar, and acoustic guitar constitute the main instrumentation, all topped by Fiori's delicate voice (singing in French). Lyrical themes all relate to 1970s humanism. The music belongs to folk-rock with a progressive rock touch (this last trait would become stronger with each successive release), and could be compared to McKendree Spring or Fairport Convention. Harmonium includes "Pour un Instant" ("For a Moment"), which became a hit in the summer of 1974 in Québec and remains to this day the best-known song of the band, enjoying constant radio airplay. "Harmonium," "Aujourd'hui, Je Dis Bonjour à la Vie" ("Today, I Say Hello to Life"), and "Un Musicien Parmi Tant d'Autres" ("One Musician Among Many Others") have been standard singalongs around campfires for decades and remain some of the first songs any young Québecois starting on guitar will learn to play. The CD reissue includes an extra track, "100,000 Raisons" (first released as the B-side to "Pour un Instant"). Musically speaking, Harmonium is the less developed, less ambitious opus of the band, but the more representative of Québecois culture at the time (the aesthetic is similar to Beau Dommage and Paul Piché, other key artists of 1970s Quebec). That is probably why it remained the most popular in Québec, but the least popular elsewhere. ~ François Couture, Rovi

Customer Reviews

Harmonium au summum

Harmonium est la fierté québécoise. Nul autre à su faire de la musique comme Serge Fiori (Chanteur/Guitariste). Sa voix est si douce, si mélodique qui en devient un instrument à part entière. Et que dire de cette guitare 12 cordes fluide à travers les tempo variés et la complexité des accords et des changements de notes. Écouter du Harmonium ça fait rêver, planer et enjoliver sa journée :) Par exemple, cet album n'est pas le plus représentatif de son oeuvre. Je vous conseille après avoir acheté celui-ci, son chef d'oeuvre incontestable: L'Heptade.


This album is one of the best in the history of Québec's music!

Tellement bon!

harmonium est définitivement le meilleur groupe québecois des années 70. Leur meilleur album est leur 2eme, mais le premier est tres bon quand meme.


Formed: 1973

Genre: Musique francophone

Years Active: '70s

Harmonium's career was short (five years) and ended for all the right reasons: The members felt they had said all they had to say in the best possible way. Consequently, the three studio albums (plus one live) they left to posterity can all be considered important artistic...
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