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Videos by American Songwriter

Videos by American Songwriter

Still residing on the edge of visibility after three highly acclaimed but overlooked albums, Christine Fellows’ fourth album just might be too good to ignore. Always a brilliant lyricist, capable of crafting character sketches that read like short stories, the Canadian songwriter has finally created a set of arrangements that are every bit as memorable as their subjects. Label: SIX SHOOTER
[RATING: 4]

Still residing on the edge of visibility after three highly acclaimed but overlooked albums, Christine Fellows’ fourth album just might be too good to ignore. Always a brilliant lyricist, capable of crafting character sketches that read like short stories, the Canadian songwriter has finally created a set of arrangements that are every bit as memorable as their subjects. That’s not to say that Fellows has ever fallen short as a tunesmith, but she has never made an album so melodically direct yet so vividly imagined as this. She fills the 15-track song cycle with gorgeously wispy piano instrumentals, quirky sing-alongs and aching folk-pop ballads. From the hidden choruses of the somber “Saturday Night on Utopia Parkway” to the beautiful piano breaks on the disarmingly playful tale of an eccentric elderly woman in “The Spinster’s Almanac,” it’s an album startlingly rich with human emotion and textural depth, one that reveals extra layers of content with every listen. It should be required listening for every serious songwriter.


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