The alien suite is a series of songs written by Danielle Hébert. Danielle performs the songs on guitar, keyboard, computer wizardry and vocals. On bass is Dino Dinicolo, on drums is Terry Paton and on guitar Chris Percy. The guest musicians on this recording are : Vincent Mai on horns and keyboards, Pierre Imbert on hurdy gurdy, John Roper on jazz guitar and Mike Rheault on organ.
The production and engineering hats were worn by Juno winner Commodor Perry Barrett. Mr. Barrett created a brilliant three-dimensional soundscape that reflects the spirit of the music and lyrics.
The idea behind the Alien Suite is that spaceships are not a part of the future but part of our past. Sometimes we remember… Hence our fascination for science fiction movies lie Star Wars and series like Star Trek.
The songs on the Alien Suite touch all sorts of viewpoints such as aliens, humans as aliens, past lives, the spiritual connection of the soul and space as well as feeling alien in this world.
Musically a lot of ground is covered going from really spooky and weird atmospheres to very groovy and funky to anthemic songs. Each participating musician’s abilities are clearly showcased. The general feel is one of free expression, freedom and gleeful dare…
We were once told that this music took listeners to the stars, forgetting their bodies behind. So come aboard, there are no seat belts, no speed limits in this wide, open alien space!
Press Reviews for the Alien Suite
...I thought babies were beautiful. That sunrise over the Pacific Ocean were beautiful. That love was beautiful. That is, until I started playing the Alien Suite this morning ...Absolutely brilliant. Lyrics, mood, performance, production, everything...
...she has a basket of valuable goods : an expressive voice, a supportive band and ear for anthemic tunes that immediately distinguishes her from all the other post-Sarah songwriters now flooding the market... there are moments that rival Pink Floyd or Kate Bush for both drama and sheer sonic loveliness... Both 'Rise II' and 'The Way Home' are guaranteed to raise goose bumps with their delicious blend of otherworldly passion and enthralling melody.
Alex Varty, The Georgia Straight, Vancouver
...sonically it's gorgeous, it showcases not only Danielle's songwriting ability and her gorgeous voice but her amazing guitar work as well... she breaks all the molds... her stuff is amazing...
Cal Koat, Music Director, FM 96.1 Vancouver
...At times it's folk rocky, but very ethereal. Danielle's voice is absolutely stunning and beautiful It's richness is well showcased here on many tracks... Unlike anything today that radio experiences.
Heavy Lenny Bronstein, Record Promoter, Los Angeles
Hauntingly beautiful... made us want to listen to it over and over again. The guitar work is great and innovative. The harmonies on the whole are really nice, different and very pleasing in an organic way, on a gut level they reach way down inside you and make you feel alive...
Marc Carpentier, NHK Radio, Japan
A very creative album... The production is amazing... Reminiscent of Jeff Buckley...So much emotion, so over the edge... The album is indeed a journey
Taylor James, artist Vancouver
Appeared in Canadian Musician, June 03
Québec native, Danielle Hébert's latest release The Alien Suite is an exceptional recording. It is her second full-length and first all English release. Although the CD was actually recorded in 2000, it has recently been re-released.
The performances, compositions, arrangements and production on The Alien Suite are all excellent. Hébert cites Beethoven, Miles Davis and Hendrix as early influences, and her compositions reflect this broad scope of styles. The CD's title alludes to the ethereal collection music within as each song definitely evokes its own atmosphere.
What immediately draws one's attention when listening to The Alien Suite is Hébert's hauntingly beautiful voice, both as a lead vocal and in rich harmony tracks. As exceptional as her voice is though, it's hard not to also appreciate Hébert's guitar playing.
Though they definitely play a supporting role, the musicians Hébert selected for The Alien Suite are as equally adept at creating atmospheres as she. From song to song, or even within a song's form the moods can suddenly change and the musicians adapt beautifully. They are equally capable of minimalist hinting, as they are all-out driving.
she is currently working on a new project, in French this time. This is good news as it would be a travesty to for her to stop something for which she has such obvious talent.
Julian Mainprize, Canadian Musician Magazine
released December 12, 2000
Danielle Hebert: music, lyrics, guitar, vocals, Fender Rhodes
Chris Percy: Guitar, Vocals
Dino Dinicolo: Bass, vocals, mouth drums,
Terry Paton: Drums
John Roper: Jazz guitar
Mike Rheault: organ
Vince Mai: trumpet
Pierre Imbert: hurdy gurdy
Perry Barrett: sound design
On Super: the voices of Brent Chapman, Al Murdoch, Kevin Williams, Diane Leash, Kelly Falconer.
Air traffic controller (the real deal): Terry Rae
Produced by Danielle Hebert & Perry Barrett
Recorded, mixed and mastered at Dark Horse Studios, Richmond, BC
Additional recordings at Blue Wave Studios, Vancouver, BC and Bear Studios, Vancouver, BC
Album Graphics: Danielle Hebert
Photography: Arlene Littler
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