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Songs 2003-2013

Bal­loon Ranger Record­ings (2CDs) Nor­we­gian singer-song­writer Ane Brun ad­heres to the Scan­di­na­vian model of how to make it in the mu­sic in­dus­try: start out qui­etly and con­tinue to write in­or­di­nately good songs while keep­ing coun­sel as ma­jor label deals fall by the way­side. It’s likely that a few peo­ple aren’t overly fa­mil­iar with Brun’s frag­ile ways. This 32-track ret­ro­spec­tive com­pi­la­tion gath­ers to­gether bet­ter known ma­te­rial and rather beau­ti­ful ob­scu­ri­ties. An early tune, Hum­ming One of Your Songs, sets the pace; the re­main­ing tracks ebb and flow, with Brun rarely putting a foot (or vo­cal line) wrong. High­lights are many, but The Tree­house Song, Wor­ship (fea­tur­ing Jose Gon­za­lez) and a bliss­ful ren­di­tion of Ar­cade Fire’s Neigh­bour­hood #1 (Tun­nels) take the very crispy bis­cuit. ane­ Down­load: Hum­ming One of Your Songs, The Tree­house Song, Wor­ship

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