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‘Late At Night’ from Alanna Gurr and The Greatest State - an album of pure delight

(April 21, 2014)

Has the day delivered a hard time, is the tension too much, need to unwind? Then slide softly into the gentle embrace of ‘Late At Night’ from Alanna Gurr and The Greatest State – an album to easeAlanna Gurr and the Greatest State away the stress and take you to those deep, thoughtful places you’ve always wanted to go. From the warm richness of Alana’s whispered, honey vocals through the gentle tales the songs convey to the intricate web of luscious instrumentation this album is a pure delight.

For me, the standout tracks on this sumptuous piece of Canadiana folk-rock are the yielding-toned ‘Swimmer’, the mouth-watering melody and delicious vocals of ‘By My Side’, the personal exploration of ‘It’s Been A Long Time’ and the best for anyone’s money ‘Golden Coast’ simply hits the spot. The expression and depth of feeling on ‘Late At Night’ is potent enough to touch ... and you really should.

Alongside Alanna on ‘Late At Night’ lie the skills of The Greatest State: Joseph Gallo Jr. (bass) Micheal De Paola (drums) and Matt Moonigan (pedal steel, guitar, vocals) with support across various tracks from Gordon Auld (vocals) Daniel Romano (organ, guitar, vocals) Ian Romano (drums) Jessey Bell Smith and Raven Shields (vocals).

Reviewer: Tom Franks

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