Exclaim!'s Best of 2013:

Top 10 Country, Folk & Blues Albums

> Dec 02 2013



4. Basia Bulat
Tall Tall Shadow
(Secret City)

The cover of Basia Bulat's Tall Tall Shadow suggests maturity, fragility, emotion. When you know of her talent, it's hard not to pay attention to such detail. She has a certain vulnerability and softness to her lyrics that suggests covers aren't an overlooked detail in her album construction. And then you press play.

The title track takes the feeling of vulnerability away. The colourful rhythms are a reason to smile; there's no sadness. Crescendos, subtle instruments, depth in sound and an upbeat sound introduce the album. On the first listen, you hear her creative freedom.

Accompanied by her trademark charango, her voice roars fragility. Tall Tall Shadow is raw feeling all the time. The reassuring denial of "It Can't Be You" is near-impossible not to relate to, while the spare, sombre piano of "From Now On" is a sure tearjerker.

Tall Tall Shadow is all about pleasure, love, the pain of losing a loved one and regret. Very few artists manage to dig as deep into themselves as Bulat does here. Because of it, Tall Tall Shadow is one of the greatest in its genre this year, and seems primed to stand the test of time. (Allison Van Rassel)



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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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