"Chansons pour les mois d'hiver" is perhaps the best CD Isabelle Boulay has released to date. Mme Boulay needn't have been worried whether the songs included in her CD would work. It is a beautiful CD, in both the vocals and instrumentation. This CD allows one to lay back, close one's eyes, and enter into a relaxed and pleasant state. And yes, during the winter months, with the tempests blowing in across Lake Michigan's Pte Betsie, I can put "Chansons pour les mois d'hiver" into the CD player, put on a heavy flannel shirt, and watch the snow blow about and pile up outside while staying warm and calm inside.
It is very hard to pick out favorites from this CD because they are all favorites. However, I'll pick out three which, in my opinion, especially stand out:
1) "Feignez de dormir" is one of the most beautiful songs I have heard in a long time.
2) "Chanson pour les mois d'hiver" is the first song I heard from the CD and seeing the happiness which Mme Boulay expressed in her promotional video of the same name was such a pleasure.
3) "Tennessee Waltz", an old country music standard. I really liked her interpretation.
I asked my late father once why he liked Italian opera so well when he wasn't fluent in Italian. He told me the vocals and the instrumentation were beautiful. When I first heard Mme Boulay on Windsor, Ontario's CBEF singing "Un peu d'innocence" in 1996, I then understood what my father had said to me. I have never since been disappointed in her beautiful performances. "Chansons pour les mois d'hiver" keeps up that tradition of her beautiful performances.
I would definitely recommend this CD to anyone who enjoys beautiful, relaxing, and calming music, whether they are fluent in French or not. Beautiful music has no language barrier.