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.
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!!!
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