Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Right of Passage

"Right of Passage is his finest work to date...another step in David Francey's journey as one of Canada's finest singer-songwriters.” Jan Vanderhorst, Just Us

Right of Passage **** David Francey (Laker Music) He's bound to stumble at some point, isn't he? But so far, Canadian folkster David Francey has hit the bull's eye every time he's headed into the studio. Right of Passage, the two-time Juno winner's newest collection, finds Francey spinning economical, evocative tales about turning points in life: leaving places, finally telling your girl you love her, confronting the ultimate turning point of death. For the most part a quiet, reflective album, it's rooted in the everyday, the songs' spare imagery that of rain, a garden gate, Quebec City's old stone walls. Francey, as always, excels at narrative, his warm Scottish burr welcoming the listener into his own life and that of his characters. Guitar, fiddle and restrained backing vocals are among Francey's accompanists.” Patrick Langston, Ottawa Citizen

“Thirteen short songs about life's transitional moments - written, for the most part, during his recent summer gig crewing on a Great Lakes ore carrier - bear all the Francey watermarks: lyrical economy, harmony-inducing melodies, wry humour with a hint of melancholy, intimate vocal performances and tasty accompaniment. This is classic Francey - personal, evocative, a work of considerable beauty” Greg Quill, Toronto Star

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