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Album Review

Blend traditional Cajun quite heavily with Americana and you have the concept behindFeufollet and Cow Island Hop. The CD comes with praise from a professor of Francophone Studies at the University of Louisiana — something you don't often find — for its "seamless integration of ancient and thoroughly modern sounds and styles," which seems like high praise indeed. And they certainly do have a lot of traditional Cajun music in their repertoire, seeming as much at home with it as with their own, Cajun-inflected compositions. The interesting part comes in the performance, heavy on the electric guitar, and throwing in horns, steel guitar, and even a Mellotron on one track — about as far from the tradition as they can get. While the powerhouse approach is good for two or three tracks, though, it becomes a little wearing after a while, and even a change of pace doesn't seem to bring much of a change of approach. They're definitely onto a good idea, but they need to learn not to wear it into the ground. Some pieces that hewed closer to the past would have provided more contrast, or even something that was more country. They can play, that's beyond doubt, and they're young, so they have plenty of time to explore their ideas. There's a lot in their full-tilt 2-step, but a CD audience doesn't need to be hit over the head with it every time.

Customer Reviews

Don't believe iTunes review!!

Take it from someone who lives in Louisiana and hears the best, and the so-called best, cajun bands on a weekly basis: this is one of the best cajun albums of the decade! It is the most ambitious album put out by a cajun band in a long time and the most well done in that sub-genre. The album, which only features two original songs, focuses on several rare songs from the earliest days of recorded cajun music. The band doesn't use any intruments foreign to other "traditional" cajun albums, with the exception of the mellotron which is background on one track. However, they use them in a way that doesn't overpower the music itself but rather enhances it to create a brand new modern sound. I've never read such a terribly written review. It's like the author simply read the album credits and then wrote the review! The Grammy system will be totally discredited in the eyes of myself and several of my friends' if this cd doesn't win or isn't at the very least nominated.

One of the best modern Cajun albums! Awful Itunes review.

I completely agree with the previous review....What a horrible job they did with the Itunes review. Not an ounce of truth in it. I really think that the person never even popped the album into the CD player. On this album, we hear a band confident in their direction and their abilities. The arrangements are lush, well thought out, and extremely tasteful... Standout tracks include Prends courage, Cow Island Hop, Chere bebe Creole, Femme l'a dit, and Sur le bord de l'eau....All of the others are great fun, too. If you are a fan of Cajun music, don't pass this one up. Ignore the stupid review and trust the people who have actually listened to the album. Can't wait to see what they come up with next!

This is great music!

The problems for non-Louisianans is they cannot comprehend the love of life these kids exude in live performances. Cow Island Hop captures the live feel of Feufollet. Just imagine if these non-believers had to put with non-stop dancing and laughing we all enjoy! Come on down to Girard Park in Lafayette for Festival Acadien et Creoles in October or Fred's Lounge in Mamou or Cafe Des Amis in Breaux Bridge any Saturday morning and get ready for non stop cajun and Zydeco. You non-believers just don't get it!


Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '00s

Any Cajuns who are worried about their language and culture slipping away and becoming forever lost to younger generations should take a look at a group of young musicians who bill themselves as Feufollet. When it formed in the late '90s, the six-member band was composed of boys and girls between the ages of 11 and 17. Several members speak French fluently thanks to their participation in French immersion programs, and the band's traditional Cajun songs and original numbers are performed in French...
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