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Album Review

Version 3.0 sounds like the name of a rebooted computer program, which makes it the perfect title for French-Canadian singer Marie-Mai's third studio album. Her 2004 debut, Inoxydable, was too processed and packaged, much like her time on the reality TV show Star Academie. Contrarily, her second album, Dangereuse Attraction, jumped too far afield from her core talent. In many ways, Mai's career trajectory mirrors that of Kelly Clarkson, whose albums went from overworked to overwrought. Clarkson finally found her stride on All I Ever Wanted, and Mai seems to have done the same thing on her third release, whose perfect pop/rock balance proves that she is growing as a performer, songwriter, and vocalist. Once again, Mai has teamed up with Fred St-Gelais, and the content is sharper and crisper than the duo's previous work. "Tout" and "Secrets" toe the line between music markets while still remaining enjoyable, and both suggest that Mai's concert ticket sales will rise, thanks to the songs' anthemic hooks. "Pour Une Fois" is simply a beautiful vocal, and perhaps Mai's strongest recording to date. The overall record doesn't feel slow or sporadic, nor does it seem forced; Mai, now six years deep into her career, boasts a new confidence in her charging anthems and ballads, which takes her from a pop singer to a recording artist. Version 3.0 proves that the third time's a charm, and for Marie-Mai, it should lead to even more success.

Customer Reviews


Excellent album! Enfin un son en français qui décape !

Nouvelle fan

Marie-Mai c'est sincèrement surpassé avec cet album. Ce sera le premier cd de Marie-Mai que j'achèterai!!!;)

Belle Évolution !

ENcore une fois Marie-Mai réussi avec brio son évolution musicale ! Totalement différent de ses autres albums.. J'adore !! J'ai un faible pour "Rebatir notre histoire", "Do you" et "Garde tes larmes" BRAVO !!! Keep rockin' !! :)


Born: July 07, 1984 in Varennes, Quebec

Genre: Musique francophone

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Marie-Mai is a pop/rock singer from Quebec who rose to fame as a finalist on a Canadian reality show, Star Académie, before embarking on a popular solo career in 2004. Born Marie-Mai Bouchard on July 7, 1984, in Varennes, Quebec, she took an early interest in music and was encouraged to develop her talent by her grandmother, who recommended that she audition for Star Académie, a Pop Idol-style reality show that was entering its first season in 2003. Marie-Mai ultimately finished in third place and...
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