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Visions and Dreams

Carrie Newcomer

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Album Review

This is Carrie Newcomer's first album (the Philo Records version is a re-release — it was originally issued on Newcomer's own Windchime label). These folk songs are not particularly original — the music is textbook American folk, and her lyrics hop from predictable rhyme to predictable rhyme (way, stay; lies, disguise; arms, harm; more, door...). But those who like the genre will undoubtedly like Carrie Newcomer. For the most part, these arrangements are wisely sparse, focusing mostly on the quiet resonance of the acoustic guitars. There are exceptions — "Some Kind of Grace" opens with a dreamy acoustic loop, then spoils the mood with a kitschy kalimba — but there is a sweet intimacy to these songs nonetheless.

Biography

Born: 25 May 1958 in Dowagiac, MI

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Singer and songwriter Carrie Newcomer has been a mainstay on the contemporary folk scene since the 1990s, known for emotionally intimate songs that explore the personal, the political, and the spiritual with compassion, insight, and wit. Newcomer was born in Dowagiac, Michigan on May 25, 1958 and grew up in the Midwest. While she would eventually receive a degree in visual art...
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