Amelia Curran — Barricade (2000)
Ξ “A bit like Leonard Cohen being channeled in a dusty saloon by Patsy Cline.” — The National Post
Ξ “This quietly stunning album heralds the arrival of Amelia Curran as one of this country’s finest singer–songwriters.” — Montreal Gazette, Top Albums of the year.
Ξ “A gem of subtle vocal nuances and acoustic instrumental understatement.” — The Toronto Star
Location: St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
Album release: November 4, 2014
Record Label: Six Shooter Records
01. My Masters, My Captain 3:57
02. Island Barricade 3:44
03. Song 4 4:12
04. Freedom Walks 3:02
05. Thank You 3:07
06. Tha Substance of Light 0:44
07. Requiem 3:50
08. Dear Beyond You 3:16
09. Mercy in Some Thnigs 2:39
10. Boston 3:01
11. The Windlass 3:47
12. Unknown Hidden Track 5:10
Ξ Barricade (2000)
Ξ Trip Down Little Road (2001)
Ξ Lullabies for Barflies (2002)
Ξ War Brides (2006)
Ξ Hunter, Hunter (2009)
Ξ Spectators (2012)
Ξ They Promised You Mercy (2014)
CANADA´S MUSIC AWARDS
Year / Category / Artist / Title / Won /
2015 / Roots & Traditional Album of the Year: Solo / Amelia Curran / They Promised You Mercy / No
2013 Roots & Traditional Album of the Year: Solo / Amelia Curran / Spectators / No
2010 Roots & Traditional Album of the Year: Solo / Amelia Curran / Hunter, Hunter / Yes
Total Nominations: 3
Total Wins: 1
Juno Awards: http://junoawards.ca/
Agent: Heather Gibson — email@example.com
Words: Kelly Ronaldson / http://www.mentionedreviews.co.uk/amelia-curran-they-promised-you-mercy-review/
Ξ Amelia Curran is a seeker. Nearly a decade ago she left St. John’s for Halifax, but still pines for Newfoundland every single day. With a number of East Coast Music Award nominations and an extensive discography, including: War Brides (2006), Lullaby for Barflies (2002), Trip Down Little Road (2001), and Barricade (2000), Curran knew it was finally time to make a record at home.
Ξ Over the past two years she recorded with Don Ellis in various caverns in St. John’s, the city of legends, from the abandoned CBC building on Duckworth Street to an old farm house on the fringes of town. For Curran St. John’s captures the essence of her inner huntress.
Ξ A songwriter by trade, but a writer at heart, Curran believes language is everything. She describes the craft of song–writing as an act of “expressing the inexpressible, a means of describing the indescribable.”
Ξ “Bye, Bye Montreal” could pay homage to Leonard Cohen and the thriving arts scene of yesteryear, but that’s the beauty of Curran. She never explicitly says what her songs about. She just opens the door and allows room for various interpretations and relationships.
Ξ “All Hands On A Grain of Sand,” speaks to Curran’s ability to elevate the lyrical into the poetical. Her desire to reconcile the past and move into the future is a constant struggle. “Ah Me,” manifests biblical myths into self–reflexive epiphanies, while “The Mistress,” is part confession, part obsession. A narrative–driven internal contention of what it means to be the other woman.
Ξ “Mad World, Outlive Me,” mines for the truth and untouchable gems held deep within the soul. With splashes of folk and cabaret aesthetics, “The Company Store,” wades through a lost way of life.
Ξ “Julia,” turns the page on a bleeding heart, while “Tiny Glass Houses,” shatters expectations and rebuilds the broken places within us all. “The Dozens,” is a toe–tapping rendition of harnessing one’s inner lover.
Ξ Retribution arrives in both “Love’s Lost Regard,” and “Wrecking Ball,” but it’s the album’s closer, “Last Call,” that leaves listeners thirsty for another round.
Sally Cole, Published on April 17, 2015