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Norine Braun is one of those very special kinds of musician that make their own very special path to your door.  She is a Canadian singer songwriter with a long history of awards and accolades in Canada and beyond.  This particular album was born of a train journey across Canada, 6,000 kilometers of changing landscape, temperatures and fellow travelers, all an inspiration of music and story and intellect. You can actually hear the rhythm of the train as it slows and quickens along the tracks in all these wildly disparate songs.

As I listen I hear KD Lang, Amee Mann, Talking Heads, Patti Smith, Joni Mitchell, the Indigo Girls…and even as the echoes of all these artists reverberate through Norine’s beautiful songs, they don’t ever get in the way.

Just as her inspiration comes from them and many many more, as well as her beloved Canada and her own unique life, her songs seem just as formed by the spirit of the train.  Although the tone of the album is jazz/rock, each song is touched by something else, pop or jazz, rock or dance, folk and soul.  It’s as if she took each aspect of herself and mirrored it in song.  She even breaks into spoken word and the poetry and the urgency of her lyrics certainly gives her right to do that.

I was absolutely captivated by this album, more than enough to explore more of her music. She has at least six other albums.  This is a musician with a lot to say and a gorgeous, warm and epically harmonic voice with which to do it.

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The musicality and arrangements are also brilliant. She has the support of some truly excellent musicians and she truly loves to let them play. Loved it!!!

  

 

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Musicians

Braun and Brains Music

Producer: Adam Popowitz

Mixing and Mastering: Rear Window Song and Sound Studios

Vocals/Acoustic Guitar/Rhythm Guitar: Norine Braun

Lead Guitar/Bass: Adam Popowitz

Drums/Percussion: Elliot Polsky

Blues Harp: Huggybear Leonard

Keys and Harmony Vocals on Rue St. Jean and I'm Going Home: Alice Fraser

Tenor Sax: Steve Hilliam

Friday, 18 January 2019 05:56

American High “U.N. Article 14”

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Music as activism is an ancient tradition.  American High keeps this well and truly alive with “U.N. Article 14.” 

Friday, 18 January 2019 05:50

Acidic Base “Purple Skies”

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Acidic Base is the producing name for Siddharth Goswami who is in 8th grade.

Thursday, 10 January 2019 04:28

Anne Steele “Made Out of Stars”

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Anne Steele has the kind of crystal clear vocals that turn can pop songs into poetry and make them memorable enough to mark highly significant and unforgettable moments in our lives forever. 

Friday, 21 December 2018 04:47

Sound Strider “Occult Electric”

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“Occult Electric” is an album filled with gorgeous soundscapes, rhythmic incantations, mystical, detailed, twisted coils of sound.  Is this music or prayer? 

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“It’s Time” is full of glorious, classic, soulful jazz, with more than a little funk. 

Friday, 21 December 2018 04:33

Sam Fishman “End Of Time”

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“End of Time” is a progressive rock concept album. 

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BY LINE Mandalong Records Peter Senior’s “The Christmas Tree”

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I love real House music and Matt Warren is real House. 

Monday, 17 December 2018 03:15

Todd Warner Moore “Spark”

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This is a beautiful album.  A gorgeously open, melodic and timeless group of songs tinged with Americana, folk and gentle rock. 

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Music has a long tradition of political rhetoric. 

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"This album tells the story of my leap of faith to start a life in Los Angeles. It's my story. It covers the highs and lows, the beauty and the struggle, and wraps it up into a pretty little bow.”

Sunday, 16 December 2018 01:37

Imagination Movers "10-4"

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I don’t usually review music that I don’t actually listen to myself. But I do have kids in my life and they happen to love music…so here I go!

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This is old school, hard-fought, deeply personal music. 

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