Tough not to think of Courtney Love and Hole when listening to Du Blonde‘s new album, “Welcome Back to Milk” (what?!). The blonde singer, close to being naked on the album art, can scream as powerfully as the pop grunge icon. The first couple of songs tend to go in this direction.

But the Newcastle singer in her mid-twenties, named Beth Jeans Houghton, isn’t that much into grunge, like Hole was. Their music is a bit more complex, sometimes closer to theatric prog rock (Chips to Go). Du Blonde also does good pop rock à la 4-Non Blondes (Raw Honey) that can be catchy and almost light-hearted.

The public image distorts the music. Du Blonde isn’t that trash. After The Show is a beautiful slow song, played on the piano. Very cliché in its delivery, it does tell the moving story of somebody who has to come back on their feet after living a high. “The touch of your lips was my paradise”…

The music on their first album touches many styles. Soft ballads that focus on piano melodies (Hunter) rub shoulders with latin flavored indie pop songs (If You’re Legal) that make Du Blonde tough to classify. A touch of Regina Spektor, a touch of the Pretty Reckless (the rocker Hard to Please). One thing for sure, Du Blonde has great control over her voice. She shows a lot of confidence and throws in a very theatric angle to singing, that somehow brings back singers like Diamanda Galas or feu Freddie Mercury to memory.

Du Blonde is indeed a strange animal. Somewhere between charismatic singers like Florence Welsh and power pop band leaders, like Taylor Momsen.
She had released her first album in 2012 “Yours Truly, Cellophane Nose” which reached the top 100 in the UK, after a couple of EP’s. Houghton is also a photographer and illustrator, able to do realistic painting, comic book illustration, collage and sculpture. “Welcome Back to Milk” is her first work as “Du Blonde”.

Welcome Back to Milk
(Mute Records, 2015)

-Genre: varied power pop rock
-In the same field than Hole, Regina Spektor, Florence + the Machine

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Mélomane invétéré plongeant dans tous les genres et époques, Nicolas Pelletier a publié 6 000 critiques de disques et concerts depuis 1991, dont 1100 chez emoragei magazine et 600 sur, dont il a également été le rédacteur en chef de 2009 à 2014. Il publie "Les perles rares et grands crus de la musique" en 2013, lance le site RREVERB en 2014, et devient stratège numérique des radios de Bell Média en 2015, participant au lancement de la marque iHeartRadio au Canada en 2016. Il dirige maintenant la stratégie numérique d'ICI Musique, la radio musicale de Radio-Canada.