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Album Review: Trent Severn’s self-titled debut BY SABRINA NANJI

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wrought with Canadiana-heavy lyrics. With Emm Gryner on bass and stomp box, Dayna

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Album Review: Trent Severn’s self-titled debut - Do - November 2012 - Toronto

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ladies share the spotlight for dulcet harmonies in the vein of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.

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Earlier this month, the all-girl band made its debut with a 10-track self-titled record. With song

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titles such as “Muskoka Bound,” “Snowy Soul” and “Bluenose On a Dime” (for which they enlisted quintessential Maritimer Joel Plaskett on guitar and vocals), Trent Severn gushes patriotism and evokes images of gorgeous getaways up north. It also helps that they’re named after a series of

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waterways in cottage country.

Feed For the most part, the album continues the laid-back, twangy trend, punctuated by a couple of fastpaced and upbeat numbers here and there. The result is a warmly nostalgic record padded with

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darkly pensive instrumentation that is few and far between these days. It’s evident that Trent Severn sing and play with the weight carried by old souls, but they can still throw in a wink with playful verses and jaunty songs. The combination makes for a beautifully balanced track list that serves as the perfect backdrop for this wintry weather. But Trent Severn is not for everyone. There seems to be a stigma attached to the country scene in most music circles, and while folk music can be an accessible segue, these ladies are limited by their genre. Lyrics about the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Mulroney clan and road trips to Muskoka read like an inside joke, and while it is refreshing and reassuring to hear our history being so inspirational, at times, it can come off a bit corny. However, we’re willing to give them the benefit of the doubt — this is, after all, their debut album. Time will tell whether they have true staying power outside of the (often limited) country fan base. Like

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