It was with great interest and anticipation that I checked out this year’s Juno nominations. From my view there were several omissions — however there were also some happy surprises, one of which was Chloe Albert who has been nominated for her album Dream Catcher. I was surprised that she was nominated in the Adult Contemporary Album of the Year category rather than Country Album of the Year — I’ve never been clear on the Juno interpretation of genres — but regardless I’m very glad to see Chloe on the list, and hope that it will bring her the greater recognition she deserves.
If you go by social media these days, music needs to “kill it” in order to be appreciated; Dream Catcher is not this kind of music. What is pleasing about this album is that it encompasses the practical and the whimsical, the joys and the sorrows of life, the dream of success married to a willingness to work hard and take risks, all buoyed by a lovely tone and a retro combination of guitar, organ, violin, lap steel, and bass. The pacing is varied, fast songs mixed in with slow ones, along with a couple of catchy pop tunes, all of which weave a tapestry of sound, perfect for listening to while driving, or working, or eating breakfast – the kind of album that enhances your day, rather than one that tries to blow you away.
Edmontonian Chloe Albert reminds me somewhat of other singer-songwriters I admire like Kim Richey or Melissa McClelland. There’s a similar ethos of the strong, independent woman who tells her own story, who isn’t afraid to be joyful, who takes heartbreak and chews it up and spits it back, who wants to connect with her audience, but who is determined to go her own way. I have not yet had the pleasure of seeing her perform, but hope to right that wrong when I’m in Winnipeg for JunoFest – in the meantime I’ll listen to her music, hum along, and reflect on the amazing talent this country holds. Sometimes the Junos do get it right.
Here’s Albert performing Say Goodbye from Dream Catcher, on Edmonton’s version of the online video series Balcony TV.
encompasses the practical and the whimsical, buoyed by a lovely tone and a retro combination of guitar, organ, violin, lap steel, and bass.