Music Review: Charlotte Cornfield - Two Horses

Montreal based, the young Ms. Cornfield has been wracking up the touring miles, and gaining much-deserved praise for shows and a couple of trial EP's over the past couple of years. Hard work pays dividends of course, and her debut disc is a strong collection of songwriter tunes backing by a solid rock groove. Now, considering she's treading in folk territory, and writes about love and relationships, she sure manages to put a lot of energy into what could be the same old same old.
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No, instead there's a definite spark about her, and maybe it's just youth and the happy way she just plunges down the path so many others have gone before. Nah, it's talent for sure, and good ears, realizing those Joni albums are really great, and guts, thinking she can do that too. And she can. It's her own stuff of course, her own way of telling personal romantic stories that may or may not be about her, and her own way of putting a small electric band behind those acoustic songs. I like her voice a lot, it's pleasing without being too sweet, and has an indie feel as well, not polished but she hits the notes. It's good to hear electric piano, some upright bass, a trumpet, lots of good touches not overdone, just the right instruments at the right time.

Cornfield also sells her lyrics well, and they are are good stories. We're told this is a set of songs about a complicated romance from different angles, and certainly Cornfield makes a believable narrator, not brokenhearted, but a strong observer. Even when there's tears and cheating, this thing still rocks and Cornfield comes out a winner. I can imagine that's what her live show is like, and the East Coast gets to check it out in the next few days. Here are her upcoming show dates:

Nov. 7 @ STFX Art Gallery, ANTIGONISH, NS

Nov. 8 @ Bunkers, SYDNEY, NS

Nov. 9 @ Strut's Gallery, SACKVILLE, NB

Nov. 10 @ Plan B, MONCTON, NB

Nov. 11 @ Capital Complex, FREDERICTON, NB

Nov. 12 @ Pepper's Pub, ST. JOHN, NB

Nov. 13 @ Fusion Cafe, WOODSTOCK, NB

Nov. 19 @ The Pearl Company, HAMILTON

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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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