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Album Review

Renée Martel made a name for herself in the '70s and '80s as one of the top Franco-country singers in Quebec, following in her father's (Marcel Martel) footsteps. After a slow withdrawal from the public eye in the 2000s and a bout with cancer, Martel eventually returned with new albums, including 2008's L'Héritage. The sound is nostalgic, the tempo slow. The nostalgic vibe makes sense given the album title, a little bumping set of songs, lap steel-laden pieces that make for a simple drive through the countryside of someone's memory. Fans should be thrilled with this solid release, looking back at the sounds of yesteryear even within a genre that's known for being nostalgic to begin with. This is the music that Martel built herself on, and she still packs the proper punches to deliver it the way it should be.


Born: Quebec, Canada

Genre: Country

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

A Quebecois country singer born in June of 1947, Renée Martel would have an extremely prolific and successful career, starting out singing French versions of American and British pop hits before switching gears to become a star country vocalist in the '70s. She got her start as a child, performing with her family. Her father, Marcel Martel, was known as one of Canada's best loved and most respected Francophone country & western singers. Eventually, in 1967, Renée moved to the city of Montreal, and...
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