Surfing around youtube, I am enjoying his French songs, and decide to try some English ones. There are a few covers, and then a melody I recognize from a French piece I discovered earlier. It only takes a few seconds to realize that I have found the problem to his lack of English-language success.( Rants and Large Lyrics Comparison Under teh Cut. Read at your own risk. )
I suppose this would be a much better rant if I were to take the time to cite more examples from text above, but I am lazy and even I do not have that much time to kill, at the moment. Especially as the only person who will likely get anything out of this exercise is me. (I know my flist does not really do the whole French music thing, and could probably care less.) And it's not like Roch or his people will ever see this. So I will wrap this up:
Roch Voisine, you have an amazing voice, lots of talent, stage presence, and poignant lyrics in French. Get yourself some goddamn decent English translations, or take a tip from Joe Dassin and change the topic of the lyrics entirely when going between languages, instead of this uber-badfic incoherent gook you are currently using, and you'll have a much better chance at making it in the English-speaking world. Thank you.
If anyone cares, I'll post full text and youtube links to "With these Eyes" and "Ne Viens Pas" (with translation), in a separate post, so you can make your own evaluation.