the Alien Suite

by Danielle Hebert

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about

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...
Peter Pallett

...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

credits

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

Guest artists:
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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Danielle Hebert travels a unique path. Poetic, mysterious, generous, passionate and brave, she goes her own way allowing her fertile imagination run free.

Danielle's music is intense, compelling, a rich sonic universe that speak of adventures and travel. Her passion for the guitar is evident on all her recordings, always in search of original phrasings and musical colors.
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Track Name: The Alien
THE ALIEN

Big Ben
it's midnight
I'm the alien and I'm free

You are all in bed
Peacefully
Just a few drunks
but they can't see

I have come
dans la nuit
to take over the world
and set you free
Big Ben
it's midnight
I'm the alien
and I'm free


Copyright 2000 Danielle Hebert, all rights reserved
Track Name: Who Are We (human race)
WHO ARE WE?

Who are we, and were are we going?

Human race.
Red, black, yellow and white
Males and females
Into wars of sex, power, supremacy
Somehow, all in the name of freedom

Who are we, and were are we going?

The human mind.
Capable of superlative brilliance
As well as absolute insanity.
And as we create wonders of art,
we also build the tools to obliteration

Who are we, and were are we going?

I heard the preacher holler in the name of Jesus Christ
He said “ The Lord wants you to give me your money,
The Lord wants me to drive a Cadillac,
Praise the Lord”

So we live, we die
go to hell or heaven?
Do you fathom we come back?
Or turn to dust?

Who are we, and were are we going?








Copyright 2000 Danielle Hebert, all rights reserved
Track Name: Universes
Universes

I'm standing here holding my breath
On this gravel path looking up the stars

I know we used to be so big, so strong and tall.
I know we used to build universes.

Alone and barefoot, under the moon.
Glimpses of memories, they come back to me

I know we used to be so big, so strong and tall.
I know we used to build universes.

In this body of flesh here on planet earth.
I fear the cold and the politicians

I know we used to be so big, so strong and tall.
I know we used to build universes.

We used to build universes
Where has the knowledge gone?







Copyright 2000 Danielle Hebert, all rights reserved
Track Name: Visions Of Fools (the unloading)
VISIONS OF FOOLS

Waking up from a nightmare
My bones feel like ice on a winter river
Around me curled up in pain
Lay my friends crying in vain

We crashed our starship
Landed in the hands of the ennemy
After torture and mental erasure.
Were loaded and shipped to a galaxy

Guided by the visions of fools
We lost our voices
Guided by the visions of fools
We lost our senses.

On this cold and hostile plain
Under single sun and moon
With a shudder I realized
We had forgotten how to fly...

Guided by the visions of fools
We lost our voices
Guided by the visions of fools
We lost our senses.


Copyright 2000 Danielle Hebert, all rights reserved
Track Name: Body Of Blue
BODY OF BLUE

Touch the body of blue constellations in the center of my universe
Don't fear, don't run away, don't believe what they say.

Come closer to the center of the core of my beingness
Don't fear, don't run away, don't believe what they say.

Bite the fruit from the garden of Eden as it's ripe
And hanging from the tree
Don't fear, don't run away, don't believe what they say.

My radar's out and I'm of course
searching for intercourse
Freed from the body, up in the arms of God
Contemplating the odds.
I know you're afraid

Because of what is hiding
Because love would open it
Because you'd become so free...

Touch the body of blue constellations in the center of my universe
Come closer to the center of the core of my beingness
Bite the fruit from the garden of Eden as it's ripe and hanging from the tree
Don't fear, don't run away, don't believe what they say.
Don't believe what they say. Don't.



Copyright 2000 Danielle Hebert, all rights reserved
Track Name: The Friendship Song (trust)
FRIENDSHIP SONG

Never know the face of the one who lives next to you
Never know the dreams hiding behind the shiny bright eyes
never know what poison lies in the cup of cool red wine
Never know, never know, never know.

I give you my hand, give you my soul, give you my dreams, give you my trust
I give you my weaknesses, I give you almost all that I am.

The indecence of life's sharp turns
with its share of daemons and cold shoulders
Pulls us out of our axles.
So for my relationships I got to fight every day.
Put back in their tracks the train wrecks of our friendships.
A maze of mis-emotions, mis-leading, mis-interpretations
of what is reality, actuality.
In the washing machines of our lives on the tumbling cycle
we fumble a drunk tango.
Color separated, cold water.
Add in some softener to make sure
all is smooth.

Never know the face of the one who lives next to you
Never know the dreams hiding behind the shiny bright eyes
never know what poison lies in the cup of cool red wine
Never know, never know, never know.


Sometimes I feel like saying:
I've had enough, I don't need you anymore,
I'm going to be on my own.
And how can you do that to me?
After all we've been through?
After all we dreamt too?

Never know, never know, never know.
You think you do.
But it comes back and it hits you in the face
and you fall, fall, fall...

Never know the face of the one who lives next to you
Never know the dreams hiding behind the shiny bright eyes
never know what poison lies in the cup of cool red wine
Never know, never know, never know.



Copyright 2000 Danielle Hebert, all rights reserved
Track Name: I Feel So Alien
I FEEL SO ALIEN

I feel so alien
Tonight the stars are calling me back
where there's no gravity

I feel so alien
Huston give me the go ahead
5,4,3,2,1
To Infinity.

Only one sun, only one moon.

I feel so alien
And I stumble fumble crumble mumble
'Cause I
Really don't understand
The laws of your land.

Only one sun
Only one moon

Can't you see I'm a lost interstellar
rocket space pilotess
with stardust in my hair.
Can't you see I've lost my bearings
and it looks like now I got a chronic
human condition.

Only one sun.
Only one moon.





Copyright 2000 Danielle Hebert, all rights reserved
Track Name: Ugly Girl
Ugly Girl

Feel the
Love I
Feel for
You

Want to
Feel You
Want me
For you

Need to
Share my
Need for you
With you

But you'll never know
The colors of the sounds that I made for you
But you'll never know
That rain is falling for you know
But you'll never know
The passion burning inside me now
But you'll never know
The Ugly girl loved you

All the times I think of you
The lights grow dim the air grows thin
In your space I long to be
But it's impossible for me

The love I have could burn the sun
Tear the sky the world undone
But silence is my residence
You'll see my stance as innocence

And I'm running from you
Yes I'm running from you
Running from you
Yes I'm running from you
Cause I could not bear the pain

When you love Ugly goes...


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Track Name: Super
SUPER

Super,
superb
superlative
supercool
superman
superhero
supersexycool

It's about the way that you want to live
it's about the things that you wanna do
it's about big corporations and governments
taking all your money, it's about...

Are you talking to me?
Are you talking to me baby?
Or is it just the air conditioning rattling in my ear?

Super
Supermodel
super thin
supermarket
supersex
superstitious
superturbocharger

It's about the way that you want to live
it's about the things that you wanna do
it's about big corporations and governments
taking all your money, it's about...

Are you talking to me?
Are you talking to me baby?
Or is it just the air conditioning rattling in my ear?



Copyright 2000 Danielle Hebert, all rights reserved
Track Name: Rise II
RISE II

She was a girl from this world
lived in a body but she wasn't it.
She was looking for answers
but they always seem to come from above
So she called on the superpowers
being aliens, Goddesses or Captain Kirk

She wanted to be a star
but not the kind you see on TV
or on stage
The ones who are way up out there
and make you want to get out of your body

She searched, studied, fought, cried and laughed
spent a lot of money
to finally discover how...

Rise, rise,
become celestial body
Rise, rise
forget the body
Acquire power, liberate the soul
mind over matter.
Rise, rise...

Devenir, les étoiles...



Copyright 2000 Danielle Hebert, all rights reserved
Track Name: Far Away
Far Away

I'm far away from home
And the night is closing in
Where's my matches
Candle burn

It's a strange world I fell in
No one seems to care or dare.

Time machine bring me back
Billion years before etoday
Where you ski on ice cream
And walk chocolate streets

It's a strange world I fell in
No one seems to care or dare.

I'm far away from home
And the night has covered me
Where's my spaceship?
Candle burn.
Track Name: The Way Home
The Way Home

I have been lost
Eons passed me by
I crawled the mud whence they said I came
I believed, I trusted

I have been a warrior and wife
I killed, I healed
Beautiful and ugly
I crossed bridges and blown other
And blown others...

I know truth,
I know lies
Unburdened,
I know now
The Way Home

I have been seeking the truth
As a bigot and a fanatic
Through the oblivion of drugs
Sold by my bothers
Or sold by me

I have been my bodies, my wealth my titles
I have been cold and uncompromising
I have been
My undoing


I know truth,
I know lies
Unburdened,
I know now
The Way Home


Copyright 2000 Danielle Hebert, all rights reserved