Review – “A Painted Portrait (Of The Classic Ruse)” – Corey Isenor

Great review from Grayowl Point of the new Corey Isenor album “A Painted Portrait (Of The Classic Ruse).

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a2809531572_16reviewed by Laura Stanley

Corey Isenor is a storyteller. He has proven that throughout the years. But maybe this characterization of Isenor is wrong, maybe he’s not a storyteller. Maybe he’s a painter.

On A Painted Portrait (Of The Classic Ruse), Isenor sweeps broad strokes of rich hues: a blue plucked from the depths of the ocean (“The Navy Blues”), a depressed grey chipped off of a skyscraper (“From Towers to Windmills”), a brown sifted from the loam (“Forms of my Desire”). His narratives are timeless and bold, crafted with folk and country traditions in mind.

The “Queen of Calgary” wears a dollar store crown and, under her self-assuredness, is looking for love like everyone else. “Losing My Mind” captures how life can get so suffocating you turn to quick highs – “I’ve been running from the law but only with parking tickets,” sings Isenor – and long for a change…

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