Klô Pelgag - Notre-Dame-des-Sept-Douleurs
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Based on 2 reviews
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Based on 506 ratings
2020 Ratings: #26
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Regardless of a language barrier, Notre-Dame-des-Sept-Douleurs can still transport listeners into a universe whether they take in the literal meanings or not.

The Needle Drop
Canadian art pop songstress Klô Pelgag shows great potential on her latest album.
"Slowly, I went through the village I imagined as a child, I hope to never go back there."

I admire when albums this simple make me feel this way, leave me nearly breathless & enamoured til the very end. Albums so full in spirit, crafted carefully with so much love for the art, it seems you've fought through a tsunami or swam through an ocean to get through them. Such a special occasion for music this new seems strange, unordinary. These moments are so few and far between that ... read more
It is commendable when a body of work is so powerful and poignant that it is able to surpass language barriers and touch deeply in a way that’s nearly unexplainable, even if you are not fit to fully recognize its significance. As someone who isn’t utterly clueless in French but instead grasps its very rudimentary roots, I was still dipping my toes into uncharted territory when engaging with this album. Unexpectedly, this record struck me so vigorously with its alarming scenarios, ... read more
AOTY is a website to review music where most users will do so in English, because, as everyone knows, it usually is the language that is best known around the world and that allows people from completely different backgrounds to connect with one another. Thus, most albums that generate numerous ratings are generally the ones containing English lyrics. Imagine my surprise as a French Canadian at finding a French Canadian artist whom I admire peak through the top 5 user ratings on this site. It ... read more
i can’t stop listening to this music. it’s on repeat and i still haven’t the slightest idea of understanding the calm, metaphysical, atmospheric, and foreign.

what’s great is that, in the background, there are trap bells and whistles that are both literal and metaphorical (on track “Rémora”). this reminds me of a french, peaceful FKAtwigs
Language barriers be damned, Notre-Dame-des-Sept-Douleurs is a phenomenally adventurous, lush, and even sometimes haunting album from the French-speaking Klô Pelgag. Without having a lot of background on what to expect, I couldn't have been more enthralled with the end result.

Notre-Dame-des-Sept-Douleurs is such an emotively powerful album that understanding what is being said isn't necessary to feel the artistic expression. Umami is an up-tempo, pop-centric song juxtaposed with ... read more
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Track List

  1. Notre-Dame-des-Sept-Douleurs
  2. Rémora
  3. Umami
  4. J'aurai les cheveux longs
  5. À l'ombre des cyprès
  6. La fonte
  7. Soleil
  8. Für Élise
  9. Mélamine
  10. Où vas-tu quand tu dors ?
  11. La maison jaune
  12. Notre-Dame-des-Sept-Douleurs II
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Added on: February 22, 2020