有多少爵士歌手会把珍妮丝贾普林（Janis Joplin）列为影响自己最深的歌手？加拿大歌手香朵就是一个少数的例外。年轻时演唱摇滚乐，后来则转为民谣摇滚。由於在演唱时观眾们对於爵士老歌反应特别热烈，在2002年香朵的第一张专辑「This Is Our Time」就是一张爵士老歌翻唱专辑。这张专辑特殊处在於找来知名音乐家、制作人兼录音师鲍伯多伊吉（Bob Doidge）操刀，鲍伯早年与另外一位名制作人丹尼尔拉诺斯（Daniel Lanois，U2、Bob Dylan等）是好伙伴，后来在加拿大成立大道录音室（Grant Avenue Studio），成为当地历史最悠久的第一流录音场所。首张专辑的成功，算是香朵最重要的生涯转型。
这张「惊喜街头」是香朵的第二张专辑，基於第一张专辑的成功，这张专辑仍然由鲍伯多伊吉负责制作与录音，以爵士三重奏为主的伴奏配上香朵的吉他演奏，更成功的展现她对老歌的精湛詮释功力。对於喜爱爵士老歌的乐迷们来说，这张专辑绝对是不可多得的饗宴。十四首歌曲（外加两首赠送曲目）多是经典雋永的老歌，如「Solitude」、「Cry Me A River」、「Cheek to Cheek」、「God Bless the Child」、「Summertime」、「At Last」等等，就连香朵自己的两首创作歌曲「It’s You」与「Across the Room」竟然也瀰漫著一种经典老歌的气氛，相当难得。也有让人惊喜的、较现代的选曲，如辛蒂露波的「Time After Time」、珍妮丝伊安的「At Seventeen」等等，经由她的独特唱腔演唱后，与其他歌曲放在一起，也完全没有突兀之感。另外，香朵生长在魁北克区，对法文歌曲的演唱也相当拿手，专辑收录的两首法文歌曲，其中之一正是大家耳熟能详的「枯叶」。由法国诗人普黑赫（Jacques Prevert）撰写的法语原版歌词比起较多人听过的英文版本更为迷人：「枯叶聚在铲子上，回忆与悔恨亦如此。北风将它们带走，在无人知晓的寒夜。而你瞧！我未曾忘记，那首你曾对我唱的歌。」
Audio CD (December 1, 2005)
Number of Discs: 1
Label: Chantal Chamberland/Goldenrod
" With her smoky, late-night-at-the-club vocal presence, Chantal Chamberland is like a singer from a different era - one from the days when standards by Gershwin and Berlin were pop songs of the moment and vintage jazz was the height of fashion. SERENDIPITY STREET is a showcase for the artist's passionate, velvety singing voice and her equally adept skills as a guitarist. Featured are a series of standards, pop covers and original pieces, which include soulful renditions of Billie Holiday's classic "God Bless the Child," Cyndi Lauper's "Time After Time" and Willie Nelson's "Crazy." With each of these timeless torch songs, Chamberland proves herself as a singer with the chops to go up against the best of today's jazz innovators. You'll definitely want to check out this album if you are a fan of Diana Krall. "
By Michele Balanda
This is truly a gem. I was lucky enough to stumble upon this cd at Open Door Music in Saugatuck, MI (great music store by the way - say Hi to Ron) where Chantal was playing. There are some remakes (Crazy by Patsy, At Last by Etta James, etc...), and some of her own (wow!) - and each and every one leaves you wanting more - I found myself waiting on a breath to see what comes next - and it just gets better with each track. She's kinda of Norah - kinda Eva - but every bit original Chantal! Can't wait for the next one.
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what an unexpected, delightful find in the road October 8, 2004
By John W. Cotner
chantal chamberland is the next great thing. she is from quebec province and lives in the burlington/hamilton, ontario area and has stuck pretty close to home, playing the blues and jazz clubs (1505 club) around hamilton and only rarely venturing to toronto.
at last, because chantal's albums (this is our time and serendipity street) are so good, her talent could not forever be denied and she is getting some play in the usa and sang at the montreal jazz festival in july, 2004 and brought down the (outdoor) house. i had a chance to see her perform in a small venue --where she is at her best -- in saugatuck, michigan this past august.
chantal has a bluesy, husky voice, a la eva cassidy or even janis joplin at times, but not as raw, and her song selection is a mix of her own compositions -- (it's you, the first cut on serendipity street, is one of hers, and is great, as are old standards fever and why don't you do right, on this is our time) -- and classics, billie holiday, ella fitzgerald, edith piaf and lena horne (cry me a river).
chantal sings in flawless and beautifully accented english and french and plays a mean guitar in her own accompaniment. she also has some great jazz trio back-up, particularly on serendipity street. she is somewhat shy and self-deprecating, with an easy stage manner, and warms to the audience in person; some of this comes through in her recordings.
the best song and my favorite on this is our time is la vie en rose; chantal sings it slowly and plaintively. several of the songs are her own compositions, some good, some so-so; this was her first "big" album. she did a small (four song) album entitled chantal five years ago and she no doubt wanted to demonstrate her creativity.
all of the songs on serendipity street are great, classic choices particularly since i fell for you and the last one -- fittingly -- at last. chantal gives them both a belting out blues and jazz delivery and shows her versatility and ability to shift gears effortlessly from one style to another.
i bugged amazon to get chantal chamberland's two cds several months ago and for a while they had them, but now they are unavailable. if you can find them, buy them both. if you can find the old one with four songs, buy that one too. if you get the two new ones, though, you will be getting in on the ground floor of the next great north american female folk/blues/jazz vocalist -- vive la chantal.
01. It's You 是你
02. Time After Time 一次又一次
03. Solitude 孤独
04. Romance Me 让我感受浪漫
05. Cry Me a River 泪流成河
06. Les Feuilles Mortes 枯叶
07. Cheek to Cheek 脸贴脸
08. Since I Fell for You 自从我爱上你
09. God Bless the Child 上帝保佑这孩子
10. At Seventeen 十七岁
11. Crazy 疯狂
12. Across the Room 房间那头
13. Summertime 夏日
14. At Last 最后
01. Faded Valentine 褪色的情人节
02. Ne Me Quitte Pas 别离开我
01. It's You
02. Time After Time
04. Romance Me
05. Cry Me a River
06. Feuilles Mortes, Les
07. Cheek to Cheek
08. Since I Fell for You
09. God Bless the Child
10. At Seventeen
12. Across the Room
14. At Last
15. Faded Valentine
16. Ne Me Quitte Pas