Music Review: Bruised Orange

This newish Moncton group is made up of two long-time buddies and singer-songwriters, Steve Long and Roger Cormier. Each brings their own talents to the mix, and because they are both multi-instrumentalists, the songs feature the whole package, including guitar, bass drums, lead electric, various other string-things, harmonice, etc. It even gets better, because Long's a producer with his own home studio. Who needs a band? They got all they need.

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The idea of the project is to put all their different styles out there. The ten song disc features folk, pop-rock, some country flavour, blues, even some riff-rockin'. My Life, for instance, has a Thom Swift feel to it, a folksy blues with acoustic slide throughout. On the lead track, On Rented Grounds, the duo have written about the infamous expulsion of the Acadians back in 1755. It takes the image of the families being forced off their land, some fleeing quickly ("They fled like animals"), others taken away ("without their loved ones who never bid them adieu"). But there's another message in it; despite the long-standing crime, the song is about letting go of the past, and living in the now.

Another one that's more personal is Barefoot in the Wet Grass, about returning to a family home, full "of casseroles and high school memories", but at a time of loss. The memories are deep and rich, but time has passed, and despite the beautiful summer nature and the many good times, a loved one is gone (a parent?), and the singer is now feeling alone. Long and Cormier have lots of ideas, and the recording partnership is the key to bringing them alive.

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About Bob Mersereau

Rockin' BobBob Mersereau has been covering music, and the East Coast Music Scene since 1985 for CBC. He's a veteran scene-maker at the ECMA's, knows where the best shows and right parties are happening, and more importantly, has survived to tell the tales. His weekly East Coast music column is heard on Shift on Radio 1 in New Brunswick each Wednesday at 4'45. He's also the author of two national best-selling books, The Top 100 Canadian Albums (2007) and The Top 100 Canadian Singles (2010).

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