"Les Grands Espaces" is one of the best, if not the best, album which Isabelle Boulay has presented to us. She describes the album as "Folk Country". That it is. And very well done, indeed. When Mme Boulay was planning this album, she indicated that there would be some surprises. And surprises there were; all of them pleasant.
Of the 15 songs on her album, I'll comment on four of them.
"Jolie Louise" reminded me of the period I spent in Cajun Country in Louisiana in the early 1970s, even though the story of Jolie Louise takes place in the border area between Quebec and Ontario. I really enjoyed Mme Boulay's interpretation.
Mme Boulay's interpretation of "To Know Him is to Love Him" is very beautiful. Both the Lettermen, and Peter and Gordon, recorded excellent versions of the song in the 1960s. Mme Boulay's interpretation is even better.
One of the truisms in life is "talent attracts talent". Mme Boulay sings a beautiful duet, "True Blue", with Dolly Parton. Both of them blend their voices together so well, sometimes it's hard to tell them apart.
And finally, Mme Boulay shows why she has such a devoted and loyal following in her interpretation of the title song of her album, "Les Grands Espaces". It is simply beautiful. It's as if she wrapped her renowned voice of gold (voix d'or) in soft velvet.
Mme Boulay's interpretations of all 15 songs on this album are superb. This album is well worth its purchase price. I, for one, can't get enough of it.
I've been following Mme Boulay since 1996. What I've found that sets her apart from many of her contemporaries is that she sings TO her audience, not AT them.