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LYNNE HAN­SON

River of Sand ★★★★

Con­ti­nen­tal Song City

With a cover which ref­er­ences Géri­cault’s clas­sic paint­ing of fore­bod­ing, The Raft of the Me­dusa – as did The Pogues on

Rum, Sodomy and the Lash – Cana­dian singer-song­writer Lynne Han­son al­ludes to the rough emo­tional seas she has been nav­i­gat­ing since her last al­bum in 2010. The 11 tracks chron­i­cle the sad­ness and despair that follow when a re­la­tion­ship ends and the bot­tle gets to have its way. No great sur­prises there, whether such so­lace is real or imag­ined. What makes this an ex­cep­tional piece of work is the qual­ity of the songs. Both lyri­cally and melod­i­cally they of­fer a colour­ful hon­esty and an econ­omy that sharp­ens their coun­try-folk punch. And while her search for a rea­son to be­lieve may have been painful, it is, para­dox­i­cally, hugely at­trac­tive for the lis­tener. lyn­nehan­son.com

A chron­i­cle of the sad­ness and despair that follow when a re­la­tion­ship ends and the bot­tle gets to have its way

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