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JANE ALLISON-Just Another Girl

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 28, 2014 by TheManicBlogger

ja2The first thought I had about Jane Allison‘s ‘Just Another Girl‘, was how could a Welsh girl living in Bristol, England release an album of American roots music? Well, she did. Set for release in September 2014, this 10 track album nails it.

Hymn To Hope” opens the album with a great melody, beautiful harmonies, and I dig the brushes on the drums. A blend of Americana and an Irish folk song,”Faded Moon” has great harmonies, and a sweet melody, and a dynamite bass drum. The way cool guitar licks on “Country Lovin” are only over shadowed by the amazing vocal track. “Just Another Girl” offers acoustic guitar, and some sweet banjo, while “Catch Me” delivers Americana with a layer of surf guitar. The piano on “Joan Of ja3Arc” blends perfectly with the great harmonies. “Real Life“, a rockier song, has wonderful changes, a cool hook, and a terrific guitar solo with cool effects. There are wonderful changes, nice harmonies and a great guitar riff on “Wait For Me“. The final track on the album, “Farewell My Boy“, has a beautifully haunting melody, which supports the vocal and piano only instrumentation.  My favorite track, “All Over Now“, has a wonderful melody, floating over terrific organ and piano.

 

 

 

ja1‘Just Another Girl’ is a well written, wonderfully executed album. The songs paint exceptional images, weaving emotions throughout. Definitely one to check out. You can have a listen to the album  and purchase a copy for yourself, your friends, and your family, on Bandcamp.  A wonderful listen, demonstrating that Jane Allison is not just another girl.

 

 

 

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ELLIOTT BROOD:Days Into Years

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 13, 2013 by TheManicBlogger

eb1 Since their inception in 2002, Elliott Brood has defined their style with Tin Type (2004), Ambassador (2005), and Mountain Meadows (2008).  Following their signing with Paper Bag Records in 2011, Days Into Years was released.

The album opens with “Lindsay“, a simple song that seems complex with the exceptional musicality of the band, a classic rock guitar riff and beautifully arranged pop harmonies. “Lines“, with its railroad sounds, blues/rock guitar and acoustic opening captures the theme of the song and has me wondering why wasn’t this on Mellancamp’s Scarecrow? “If I Get Old”  has a blues/rock feel, and a rock guitar riff all supporting Casey’s vocals with  Arlo Guthrie inflections. The banjo focus on “Hold You” coupled with Marc’s country styled vocals and the use of brushes on the drums, give this song a creative, rustic feel. The rock beat of  “Will They Bury Us” opens up this song for heavier vocals, repeating guitar riffs, harmonies, tempo changes and piano that seems to slow the song down briefly until it winds up again. An amazing piece of music.  “West End Sky” is a mellow song, played with acoustic guitar, banjo and brushes on a suitcase. “Northern Air” delivers great harmonies, an amazing bridge and harmonica to create the transitions. The harmonized vocals, ukulele and pedals used to create some amazing sounds, make “Owen Sound“. The eb3haunting intro of “Their Will“, which slowly builds into great melodic guitar sounds,almost  turns this  into a rock song. This is Elliott Brood rock; with great harmonies, distortion and special effects guitar. “My Mother’s Side” is a blues/rock song, utilizing slide guitar effects, guitar changes and drum shots, powerful vocals and the use of power chords throughout. The subtle guitar faintly playing in the background just puts this over the top. By far, the best track on the album.

With 10 solid tracks, Days Into Years is a must have album. The instrumentation is simple, yet the music is as creative as any I have heard. The songs are wonderful, personal narratives that invite you into the world of Elliott Brood. The music is addictive. It both soothes and excites at the same time. Not surprising that the album won the 2013 Juno for Roots and Traditional Album Of The Year.  Days Into Years is a classic piece of Canadianna that blows me away with every listen.

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