David Francey
Far End of Summer


3.5
great

Review

by Keelan H. EMERITUS
October 15th, 2010 | 31 replies | 4,185 views


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist


I’ve only been down east once in my lifetime; a family trip to a summer cottage on Prince Edward Island. I relish the chance to return because, except maybe in the winter, the east coast of Canada is a rather beautiful place. No matter where you go (okay, Moncton kinda sucks) it’s the type of pastoral setting Wordsworth would write about if he weren’t dead and people still actually liked topographical poetry. Sure I was only there once, and I only went through New Brunswick and P.E.I. (and okay I am biased about Moncton because of a hotel debacle during my trip, I’m sure it’s charming in its own right), missing out on Newfoundland and Nova Scotia, but I know its beautiful. I know because David Francey tells me so. Lemming you say! But it’s true, just listen to the a capella ode to the Gulf of the St. Lawrence, “Banks of the Seaway” for proof. As an east coast folk artist Francey certainly knows his way around a guitar and a lovely melody, but its his expression of the lifestyle of the area that is really brilliant. That’s what is most attractive about this, or any folk artistry; its ability to put forth a narrative to the listener that comforts. Whether in the prairies, or hell, Iceland, there is a comforting aspect to the music, something that grounds it in a humanity that bridges a gap of locality. Because you may not associate with open fields and rocky coastlines, but you understand the human pain of fallen loved ones, as with “Flowers of Saskatchewan”, a tribute to war heroes. Its stripped down acoustics; using generally traditional instrumentation throughout the album to augment Francey’s unique, heavily accented vocals, help maintain an earnestness even at times of heavy lyrical sentimentality. Far End of Summer is a warm record; unassuming at times, but to be anything else would to be missing the point entirely. This is a simple record of beautiful melodies and stirring harmonies.



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thebhoy
Emeritus
October 15th 2010



4459 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

here ya go, something short and off the cuff because you guys probs won't read it anyways.

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
October 15th 2010



15576 Comments


not reading this.

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thebhoy
Emeritus
October 15th 2010



4459 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

GOOD

Irving
Staff Reviewer
October 15th 2010



7163 Comments


You're actually right first time - Moncton does suck. Did you know they hosted the World Junior Athletics Meet recently? (of all the places in the world lol)

Good review; again, have to say I learned lots from it. Pos.

Gyromania
October 15th 2010



15461 Comments


What a gay review, my thumb covers this

thebhoy
Emeritus
October 15th 2010



4459 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I know who do I think I am? Sobhi?

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
October 16th 2010



15576 Comments


review is actually good though, pos'd

also, i one day want to write a review this short. i can never bring myself to make it that simple.

Irving
Staff Reviewer
October 16th 2010



7163 Comments


Can I second Sowing's desire?

Gyromania
October 16th 2010



15461 Comments


Yeah, this is a great review though. It's soooooo little. Pos'd.

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
October 16th 2010



15576 Comments


"It's soooooo little"

-Gyromania, 10-16-10

conradtao
Emeritus
October 16th 2010



2090 Comments


Great review. Pos'd.

thebhoy
Emeritus
October 16th 2010



4459 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I mean, I'm not usually one to be exactly pithy. But I wrote this in 10 minutes so...

Gyromania
October 16th 2010



15461 Comments


Really? You wrote this much in just 10 minutes?

MassiveAttack
October 16th 2010



2688 Comments


I'm with Sowing too long. Shorten it idiot.

Irving
Staff Reviewer
October 16th 2010



7163 Comments


Good review, especially for a first.

thebhoy
Emeritus
October 16th 2010



4459 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

thanks I just joined this site

AggravatedYeti
October 16th 2010



7684 Comments


oh look at this cute little review I'm not going to read because: 1. Keelan & 2. Canada.

also pos.

Gyromania
October 16th 2010



15461 Comments


Good review, especially for a first.

Hahaha

thebhoy
Emeritus
October 16th 2010



4459 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yetiiiiiii.... I think the problem is Bigfoot is blurry. And that's extra frightening to me. There's a big out-of-focus monster roaming the countryside.

AggravatedYeti
October 16th 2010



7684 Comments


dude you should see him at family dinners.

and rip mitch :'(



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