Moon vs Sun – I’m Going To Break Your Heart

Moon vs Sun - I'm Going To Break Your HeartAs two of Canada’s biggest artists from the 90s into the 2000s, Chantal Kreviazuk and Raine Maida‘s marriage was one of musical royalty. A relationship Chantal regularly gushed over in concert and that led to many collaborations over the years through co-writes and production across many of their solo albums. Now 20 years later, they’re formally a duo with a project based on their relationship and the challenges that come with married life that don’t paint as rosy a picture as the many of the love songs across Chantal’s albums might suggest.

I’m Going To Break Your Heart serves as the musical soundtrack to the documentary film of the same name about the couple’s marriage at a point when their relationship seemed on the rocks. Starting with couples counselling, the film takes them on a retreat to the French island of Saint Pierre off the coast of Newfoundland & Labrador. It captures intimate moments between them that show the cracks of their relationship that many married couples can quite likely relate to – I can only assume, not having been married myself.

Throughout, the two also use this time away to work on music for their first truly equal collaborative project together, which also results in some creative disagreements. These points provide some insight into the songs that make up the album, which itself is a snapshot of their marriage and their perspective on relationships in general.

The album comes with some high moments for both artists. The title track focuses on the ups and downs, good and bad of their relationship, as it gradually builds up to the final belting chorus, and I Love It When You Make Me Beg takes an aggressively playful approach to love and desire as the track that best represents both and what they bring to the musical collaboration.

As a whole, the album doesn’t stray too far from the guitar+piano soft pop ballad, with the exception of upbeat single Lowlight and the delightful album closer St. Josephine. The benefit of the overall project is that, with their permission, it offers a look at their personal and professional relationship, which helps get to know them on a deeper level. The resulting album is an extension of that therapy and works in their favour in that context, but musically it remains quite safe, staying in the realm of the soft pop focal point. It would be interesting to see them expand on the risque-flavour touched on in Make Me Beg and take a deeper dive into a harder sound.

Three stars

Check Out: I’m Going To Break Your Heart, I Love It When You Make Me Beg, St. Josephine

1. Who’s To Say
2. I Love It When You Make Me Beg
3. Under The Stars
4. Bring That Boy
5. Cutie And The Bully
6. Famille
7. I Can Change
8. I’m Going To Break Your Heart
9. Lowlight
10. Venice
11. St. Josephine

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