Charlelie Couture is by far one of the geniuses of rock...of all time. For more than 30 years, he's pumped out innovative music that seems to open up entirely new genres with each album. That's really very rare, and has been limited to folks like Eno, King Crimson, Manic Street Preachers and a handful of others over the decades.
Beyond the innovation, it's superior quality music. He's simply an incredible songwriter as well.
And yet NO ONE in the U.S. knows him - because he largely sings in French. He's the kind of iconic, mutli-genre artist of the stature of Neil Young, The Who or even Led Zeppelin - but actually more intriguing.
And yet, here he's unknown.
Even more interesting, unlike many artists who've been around for decades, he's remained vital and interesting, not gotten soft or lame, like many classic rockers are now or even acts from the 80's and 90's. If anything, now in his 60's, Couture has gotten more cutting edge, more experimental and more interesting in the last decade and a half.
This album harkens back to a more basic blues approach, and personally it's not quite my fave of his because of that. But there are some stunning, mind-blowing esoteric moments and simply badass songwriting.
America....it's time to discover Couture.