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ReviewShine Wednesday: Amelia Curran and Dala

Posted in Amelia Curran, Dala on January 26, 2011 by AmericanaPulse

Every Wednesday, I feature a brief review of at least one album that has been submitted to me through the ReviewShine website. I have cleverly titled this recurring segment “ReviewShine Wednesday.”

This week, I’m taking a look back at an album that I should have reviewed some time ago.  I first downloaded Amelia Curran’s Hunter, Hunter back in September around the time she was releasing it in the United States after it had already become a critical success in Curran’s homeland of Canada.  I remember liking it at the time, but for some reason I never got around to writing about it.  Last week, I found a physical copy of the disc in the WDVX stash and started spending time with it again.  Once I found out that Curran was honored as the Solo Artist of the Year last month at the Canadian Folk Music Awards (The CFMA’s helped turn me on to Catherine MacLellan and Madison Violet… I tend to trust their judgement), I knew now was the time to share her music.

Hunter, Hunter is the Newfoundland native’s fifth, and most highly praised, release.  Her win at the Canadian Folk Music Awards came on the heels of her victory at the Juno Awards for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year and merely serves to validate the numerous glowing reviews I’ve found online for the record.  Curran’s arrangements are simple and understated, but her voice and melodies are strangely haunting and affecting.  It’s not a disc that knocks you over on first listen.  Rather, it bores its way into your brain over repeated spins until its stuck there for good.  Before long, the lilting melody of “Julia” or the subtle harmonies of “Bye, Bye Montreal” become a part of you, and Hunter, Hunter has claimed its prey.

Amelia Curran: Bye, Bye Montreal (Buy Album)

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Hiding in the same stack of CD’s where I found Hunter, Hunter was a disc called Everyone is Someone from a female duo called Dala.  Dala is another Canadian act who was also recently honored at the Canadian Folk Music Awards as the Vocal Group of the Year.  Amanda Walther and Sheila Carabine (Dala is the last two letters of their first names) have been writing and singing together since high school.  Their fourth studio album, Everyone is Someone was a 2009 release and was followed last year by the concert recording Girls from the North Country.  Dala refers to their sound as acoustic pop, but there’s plenty of folk to go around as well.

Incidentally, this album was not put up for review on ReviewShine, but I thought this was as good a place as any to share it.

Dala: Alive (Buy Album)