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Norine Braun - Conventus The Eye of the Heart

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Norine Braun is an activist/singer from Vancouver, Canada that is now making a name for herself in Los Angeles. Conventus The Eye of the Heart is an album drawing upon a multitude of musical traditions.

Braun sings the blues with "Lightening Strikes Twice," and then puts a reggae groove to "How Would We Know." Just to show she is gives equal opportunity to any and all musical styles, "No More Reprise" is a funky little tune. It's also a sad/angry breakup song, which finds Braun realizing "You're just like the rest."

This album's most touching moment is "Boy," which finds a mother begging that her young boy would not be taken away. Braun is at her most political during "99%," which pays tribute to the recent Occupy movement. The latter also liberally works in blues elements, such as harmonica and electric guitar. The track itself is a bit of a rumbling blues workout. In fact, the piano part sounds like it was taken straight out of late night blues club.

Braun's voice bears similarity to Michelle Shocked, and she takes on many of the same social causes as Shocked. In fact, both Braun and Shocked also share similar musical territory. Many times Braun's songs sound better than they read because she's not a particularly poetic lyricist. She sings with such sincerity and passion, though, you can forgive her the occasional awkward phrase. The world needs musical artists that care this much about social issues.


Norine Braun - Conventus The Eye of the Heart
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