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François Couture, AllMusic, October 1, 2000

After the more jazz and rock-inflicted Le corps de l’ouvrage, René Lussier came back to sound art closer to Le trésor de la langue with Trois histoires (Three Stories). This CD collects three works from 1990-1992. One of them (Art Brut) was previously available on an obscure compilation, while Roche noire was included on Tim Brady’s Imaginary Guitars. Les mains moites is kind of a flute concerto with the orchestra being Martin Tétreault’s turntables, Tenko’s voice, Claude Beaugrand’s ambient sounds, Lussier’s guitar and a flute repairman explaining flute maintenance. Written immediately after completion of Le trésor de la langue, this is Lussier’s final statement of his speech-to-instrument technique, where the natural inflections of speech are translated into a melody. Less crowded than Le trésor de la langue, this piece also has less emotional impact, but it remains a strong exercise and a must-have for the fan, as are the other two works included. Art brut is a quiet sound art piece, something rare in Lussier’s book: delicate and dreamy. Roche noire is a tribute to Irish immigrants in Canada and a documentary on their arrival. Trois histoires showcases Lussier’s years of work in film music: these pieces (Art Brut apart) are built like documentaries and the listener really gets the feeling he is being told stories. This is not one of Lussier’s most influential albums, but it is definitely worth the fan’s attention.