Shaun Cromwell | Folk-Worn Prose

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Folk-Worn Prose

by Shaun Cromwell

Genre: Folk: Alternative Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Gristmill
3:09 $0.99
2. The Rise and the Fall (Of It All)
4:00 $0.99
3. Second Longest Day of the Year
5:23 $0.99
4. Old Saw Rag
1:57 $0.99
5. Little Back Bedroom (Working Title)
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6. Numbers Game
4:32 $0.99
7. I Am Undone Feat. Devon Sproule
3:42 $0.99
8. The Steeplejack
4:39 $0.99
9. Chubalina's Daydream
2:22 $0.99
10. Only If the Now Is Then
3:03 $0.99
11. A Day's Gap Keening
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12. Rust Belt Comet
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Album Notes
Unlike my first album, “The Turning Of Clocks”, “Folk-Worn Prose” is not a concept album. It is, honestly, a fairly disparate collection of songs. Disparate in the sense that there does not exist a cohesive element or distinct common thread that conceptually holds these songs together. While death and faith (or lack thereof) continue
to be important themes in many of my songs (something that I’ve made a conscious attempt to shy away from), one shouldn’t draw any conclusions from what might seem to be unifying elements, or the sequencing of the material. Quite simply, the album is comprised of twelve original tracks, ten songs and two instrumentals, that I felt represented my best work over a period of about two years.

Since the completion of my first album I’ve also taken up the banjo, mostly clawhammer and a little two and three finger picking as well. As a result, about half of the tunes feature banjo to some degree; I say this as a disclaimer, of sorts, for anyone expecting a “guitar album.” I should also note that although I’ve enlisted the help of some incredible musicians to help flesh out some of the tunes on these recordings, the core of each track is still rooted in the guitar or banjo arrangement that I play when I perform live as a solo act.





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Buddy Bolden

Another Fine Album from a Very Talented Singer-Songwriter
This album is an excellent follow-up to Cromwell's 2007 debut, "The Turning of Clocks." While that was purely a solo recording, featuring only Cromwell's vocals and acoustic guitar, this time the sound is fleshed out somewhat with additional musicians and, on a couple of tracks, other singers. Fortunately, the arrangements are tasteful and for the most part relatively spare, enhancing rather than obscuring Cromwell's soulful voice and expertly fingerpicked guitar and banjo. As on "Clocks," Cromwell shows himself to be an extremely talented songwriter, with a gift for evocative lyrics, clever wordplay, beautiful melodies, and very catchy instrumental hooks. Highlights include "The Steeplejack," an oblique and tale of improbable redemption humorously related over an infectiously funky beat; "Second Longest Day of the Year," in which a widower ambivalently reflects on his relationship with his late wife; and "Rust Belt Comet," a gorgeous, wistful reverie about a road trip not taken. All in all, this is a very impressive collection, and one that makes me very interested to hear what Shaun Cromwell will do next.