Panorama: seen, read, heard this week

MUSIC

Everything is Love , rap album of The Carters *** 1/2

Beyoncé and Jay-Z – the Carter in the city – created the commotion at the beginning of the week with a surprise album: Everything is Love . This joint creation concludes the trilogy on the infidelity initiated by Queen B’s Lemonade (2016) and continued by the rapper’s 4:44 (2017). Between the ” Let’s Make Love in the Summer Time ” from the beginning and the neo-soul celebration of their marital happiness found on Lovehappyin the end, the couple evokes this artistic therapy in all its variations (even in their sexual habits). Exhibitionism? Rather a meditation on forgiveness and union in adversity. The duo does not stop in such a good way. There is much talk of the congruence of African-American culture in the predominant white culture (in the United States), but also of the influence of the couple and its heritage. A challenging and proud album, with two mutually inspired artists. A rap album, especially. The fans of pop in the Beyoncé may be destabilized. Those who loved Watch the Throne (2011) by Jay-Z and Kanye West will love Everything is Love . Eric Moreault

BOOK

Campaign , BD documentary Rémy Bourdillon and Pierre-Yves Cezard ***

This is a promising new series. The publishing houses Atelier 10 (behind the magazine Nouvelle projet ) and La Mélèque have teamed up to produce the Journalisme9 collection, whose first volume, Faire campagne, just published. The principle? A long journalistic report, presented in the form of a comic strip. The journalist, Rémy Bourdillon, was interested in agricultural renewal in the province. He went to visit small farmers who try to live from their local agriculture, but which meet many pitfalls. The subject is very interesting and the report well structured; Bourdillon strove to present both sides of the coin. We close the book by saying “Why keep it simple, when it can be complicated?” In illustration, Pierre-Yves Cezard does a good job to make the report alive; Now, it is sometimes a little difficult to navigate among the many faces, the writing is at times really too small. Still, it’s a change to read in this form, Isabelle Houde

TELEVISION SERIES

13 Reasons Why , season 2, drama based on Jay Asher’s novel ***

As soon as it was posted on Netflix last year, the American series 13 Reasons Whychatted. Because of its theme – the suicide of a teenager – and the angle chosen: it only exposed the vision of the young desperate, who explained his gesture in recordings denouncing those she considers responsible. The second season brings us some time after his death, while several people targeted in his cassettes are called to testify in a lawsuit filed by his parents against his school. It sometimes feels like going around in circles and always scratching the same boogie. But this suite also has the merit of finally offering other points of view (we speak in particular of solidarity and resilience) and to push the reflection towards other consequences which can result from an unhealthy school climate, soaked in the culture of rape and bullying. In a country where leaders have only “thoughts and prayers” to offer when a furious umpteenth opens fire in yet another school, it is a conversation that is needed. We speak here to a young audience, but still not too much. The series is sometimes very raw in the way of portraying the issues addressed. The last episode, in particular, gives rise to a scene of unheard-of violence.Genevieve Bouchard

Berthe Morisot. Impressionist woman, impressionist painting at MNBAQ *** 1/2

Despite the beauty and splendor of the new Lassonde Pavilion, it is good to return to the Gérard-Morisset Pavilion at the National Museum of Fine Arts after its youth program. A little more modern, but still with this classic character. This is a beautiful setting for one of the MNBAQ’s summer exhibitions, Berthe Morisot. Impressionist woman. The refined scenography, which plays with holes in the walls to create beautiful effects of perspective, is successful. We also love this calm blue, conducive to the observation of Impressionist paintings, where feminine faces, gardens and bright landscapes are in the spotlight. But beyond all that, the fate of its author, Berthe Morisot, fascinates. A professional and daring painter, at a time when it was not really good for a woman to make a career. She was not afraid to be part of a pictorial movement that disturbed, alongside her contemporaries Monet, Manet, Pissarro, Renoir … A show with a feminist flavor, which leaves in a state of appeasement and melancholy all at that time. Isabelle Houde

MUSIC

People to People , DNCE minialbum pop *** 1/2

It may not be much, but it seems to be good hearted! Just in time for the summer, the American DNCE – which was a hit at the Francophonie Park last year, during the Summer Festival – offers its fans a minialbum of four rather catchy titles. With People to People , Joe Jonas’s band serves a tightly packed portion of pop, punctuated with more funky touches, but in a generally more relaxed atmosphere than the frenzied Cake by the Ocean locomotive., who instantly pulled him to the top three years ago. If the set is effective, we particularly fall for the piece Man on Fire, chosen to conclude the short exercise in a way that does not lack of groove. The quartet is currently touring with Bruno Mars. Here he is well armed! Genevieve Bouchard

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