by Night Sun Night Sun


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This is the fifth album from the Kingston, Ontario-based band Night Sun, which was formed by bandleader and chief songwriter Ellen Hamilton when she was living and working in various Arctic communities in the Canadian Northwest. Drive finds the band moving in a somewhat bluesier and jazzier direction than in its previous work; this new tendency is particularly pronounced on the sexily swaying "All I Do Is Drive," on which Hamilton's Edith Piaf influence is especially noticeable, and on the sinuous klezmer instrumental "Vavoom." But there's a ridiculously fun Cajun number as well, titled "Jolie Pantalon" (which, loosely translated, means "nice pants"), and an absolutely gorgeous setting of a 19th-century poem by Susanna Moodie. Hamilton adapted the words to music and called the result "A Canadian Song," and it's simple and heartbreakingly lovely. The closest thing to a misstep on this very fine album is a poorly realized rendition of the old Woody Guthrie song "Going Down the Road Feeling Bad," on which Hamilton's tendency to sing behind the beat, so effective on the jazzier and bluesier material, completely undermines the song's sense of momentum and leaves it sounding lame and stilted. Highly recommended overall.

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Product Details

Release Date: 02/08/2005
Label: Borealis Recording
UPC: 0773958116627
catalogNumber: 166
Rank: 200786


  1. Changed
  2. All I Do Is Drive
  3. Looking for the Sun
  4. Jolie Pantalon
  5. Vavoom
  6. A Canadian Song
  7. Safe and Well
  8. Petawawa River
  9. Going Down the Road Feeling Bad
  10. My Name (Ode to Susanna Moodie)
  11. Don't Count Riches
  12. Wonder

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Night Sun   Primary Artist
Christine Giguere   Guitar
Barbara Wilson   Choir, Chorus
Terry Tufts   Dobro,Guitar
Sue Lyon   Choir, Chorus
Chris Coleman   Banjo,Clarinet,Flute,Guitar,Mandolin,Human Whistle,Irish Flute,Tenor Banjo,Group Member
David J. Lyon   Choir, Chorus
Chris Giguere   Guitar
Jeanine Noyes   Vocals
Jan LeClair   Accordion
Scott Davey   Piano,Keyboards
Roger James   Banjo
Casson   Percussion,Drums,Vocals
Ellen Hamilton   Guitar,Vocals
Brian Flynn   Fiddle

Technical Credits

Woody Guthrie   Composer
Chris Coleman   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production,Whistle
Ellen Hamilton   Audio Production

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