Exclaim!'s Best of 2013:

Top 10 Country, Folk & Blues Albums

> Dec 02 2013



1. Daniel Romano
Come Cry With Me
(Normaltown)

It's not very often that country music challenges the nature of art, but that's precisely what Daniel Romano did with this album. His third solo effort was an unabashed tribute to country music's pre-1965 golden era, filtered through his own experience as a Southern Ontario kid raised on punk rock. In songs such as "Middle Child" and "Two Pillow Sleeper," he cast his bucket deep into the well of emotion from which George Jones and the Louvin Brothers drew as well, paying full attention to the undeniable craftsmanship that went into making those records.

While many derided Romano for being a mere copyist, the point of Come Cry With Me was that this is music very few people — and no one else in Canada — are willing or able to make anymore. Much like director Guy Maddin's work in silent film, Romano's choice to expressive himself through a seemingly restrictive mode forced listeners to confront the ghosts of country music, what their lives stood for, and what their legacies mean today.

Current Nashville stars may still drop Hank Williams's name as a token of respect, but his spirit is more prevalent in the ex-punks like Romano who have always sought the most direct possible route to the heart. Come Cry With Me transcended what many today think they know about country music, presenting a collection of songs as heartbreaking, humourous, and above all, timeless as those that inspired them. (Jason Schneider)



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Muchacho as a folk album, huh? Interesting. Having said that, Song for Zula is my absolute favourite song of 2013, so I guess I shouldn't question this too much -- but I'm not sure I'd qualify it as "folk." But that's a can of worms, isn't it? Regardless, an interesting list. The Laura Marling, Milk Carton Kids and Neko albums all kick ass.
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luxury liner is a cover you moron
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kudos to Romano. here's to the resurgence of classic country.
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Too bad Toronto's Beams' debut album couldn't sneak onto the list. It's fantastic!I'm sure their sophmore album will make a case whenever that comes to fruition.

Daniel Romano earned his spot though.
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Well deserved. Discovered him by chance when he opened for Justin Townes Earle. Been a fan ever since!
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Marty McFly looking motherfucker.
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Fucking right on Danny!
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NORTH MISSISSIPPI ALLSTARS - World Boogie. A real scorcher of a record.
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how is Jim Guthrie getting overlooked here?
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Express & Company should be on that list! Just my opinion :)
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Express & Company should be on that list! Just my opinion :)
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My Favourite album: Tony Dekker's “Prayer Of The Woods”. Seems like a glaring error not including it on this list.
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this review is patently insane. i appreciate daniel romano, but jesus- this is over the top canada-self-congratulatory hyperbolic (no one else in canada plays classic country??) fluff.
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I don't think it's a stretch to say Daniel Romano is the best singer/songwriter in country music today.
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easily the best looking too
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Scotty Campbell has been doing that thing better and longer.
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How does Basia Bulat get a #4 ranking, after getting a 6/10 on her album review?
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The review was Sept. 30th.
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Worst Deep Dark Woods album ever! Sorry guys. Didja hear the Valerie June record?

I know I know...so many to choose from. p.s Nancy Dutra.
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