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"I thought blues as a genre had reached a point that
nothing new can be said or expressed musically, but I
guess I was wrong. Vancouver’s prolific Norine Braun is
releasing her ninth album, Conventus the Eye of the
Heart, and Braun continues the tradition of Nick Cave 
and Joni Mitchell exploring new musical ideas inherent in
blues and folk. At times gritty, at others, soft and
contemplative, and even a little strange at times, 
Conventus the Eye of the Heart is an exciting and fresh
new album.
Braun’s versatile voice is like her lyrics: It can be gritty,
sensitive, or even in-between whenever needed. Her
fantastic vocals perfectly support the different emotions
of each individual song, and paired with the range of
sounds explored make it understood well that Braun
isn’t a one trick pony pigeonholed by the term “folk-
blues.” Songs like “Boy” are wonderfully beautiful, while
the song, “99%” is a directly more aggressive, yet
supportive anthem for the Occupy movement. One thing
is clear, no matter what Braun is singing about, she does
it with truth and conviction, and with a stunning
believability." Cody Conard The Big Takeover
Listen to this album at norinebraun.bandcamp.com/
 
"Best listened to as loud as your neighbours will tolerate, Conventus is an incredibly strong offering from front to back. Strong and passionate, you are able to feel the artists soul, and that of the musicians playing with her. It’s like Norine is able channel both KD Lang and Joni Mitchell concurrently, which in itself should say something. The power and soulfulness she offers up just has to be experienced."  Scott Alexander ABORT MAGAZINE
 
 “Conventus the Eye of the Heart” fuses elements of jazz, funk, pop, rock and reggae into a bewitching blues album. Norine Braun’s vocal styling combines those of artists like Bonnie Raitt, Ani DiFranco and Koko Taylor into one remarkable voice." Laurie Fanelli VeggieFans
 
"Her music sounds like the union of Nick Cave with Patti Smith & City and Colour deep in the Canadian forests."  - Joshua Smotherman MTM

"An imaginative display of fine musicianship, potent vocals and heartfelt lyrics, talent like hers doesn't exactly come around too often." - Kevin Sellers Music Emission  
 
"On this well-recorded album she’s got variety, solid tunes and a band that’s so good they breathe together. Why are you still reading this? Go download Conventus The Eye of the Heart." - Jamie Anderson Indie-Music.com

     

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