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Fortunate Ones (from That Was You and Me on Sonic Records) (by Lee Zimmerman)
That Was You and Me, the third album by Fortunate Ones, a Canadian Folk Music Award-Winning folk-oriented duo, provides nothing less than a genuinely captivating experience. Given the duo’s lush harmonies and knack for crafting immaculate melodies that ring and resonate that pronouncement ought not to come as any surprise. However, the feelings and sentiments shared in these songs add an extra layer of quiet, calm and reassurance, making this album a much-needed respite from the troubles and tenacity that confronts the world on a seemingly daily basis.
Written and recorded as the result of time taken to retreat, re-group, and rethink their musical mission, That Was You and Me reflects the solace they found in one another’s company and the bond they shared while measuring the importance of family, relationships and their own purpose and priorities as well. “You’re Still Here” sums up the sentiments they captured in the process, and indeed, there’s no end to the comfort and caress that’s echoed in each of these songs. The title track, “85”, “Anchor”, and “Clarity” are express examples of how this pair manages to soothe the soul, and in so doing, offer an optimistic view of the possibilities spawned from faith, desire and determination.
In a very real way then, the duo — Catherine Allan (vocals, piano, Wurlitzer, mellotron, accordion) and Andrew James O’Brien (vocals, acoustic guitar) — offer something that’s most needed these days, a soothing respite from the dangers and divide that find folks feeling so unhinged in so many ways. They’ve gifted their listeners with an absolutely gorgeous album, but given the calm and quiet that accompanies these gentle melodies, they offer so much more. Consider That Was You and Me a much-needed antidote for these troubled times.
Happily, too, it’s a lot less costly than therapy, and in some cases, maybe a lot more effective. In that regard, the rest of us could be considered Fortunate Ones as well. (by Lee Zimmerman)
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