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Another Life

by Lenore

Contemporary topics, riveting lyrics, a variety of tempos/moods and the acoustic accompaniment of some of Toronto's finest musicians mark this 2007 release, her 3rd CD, from Canadian singer/songwriter Lenore.
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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1. The Old Man
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2. The Hippie Song (It'll Never Happen Again)
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3. Just One More
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4. Happy Anniversary
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5. The Bully
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6. Nevermore
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7. The Pirate
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8. Crowded Sidewalks
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9. Ships in the Night
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10. I'll Make You Smile
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11. My God
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12. I Take My Lovin' Seriously
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
This 3rd release from Canadian singer/songwriter Lenore features the production talents and superb guitar work of roots veteran Paul Mills (Stan Rogers, Ron Hynes) with additional support from some of Toronto’s finest acoustic musicians. The result is an intimate collection of original songs that showcase Lenore’s unique vocal, insightful lyrics and stylistic diversity.

Lenore's high energy solo performances have been attracting fans throughout the singer/songwriter scene since she began performing in Toronto a few years ago. Her blend of folk/pop/rock creates a distinct upbeat sound but it is her unusual lyrics, so deceptively simple, that will burrow into your brain after just one listen.

3rd Place Winner 2007 Unisong International Songwriting Contest

Nominated: "Best Folk Artist" Toronto Independent Music Awards, 2006


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Joe Ross

Very nicely varied set with plenty of emotional radiance
Playing Time – 47:02 -- A small card insert that came inside the lyrics-filled CD jacket with “Another Life” makes life simple for deejays and reviewers alike. On her third album, Canadian singer/songwriter/guitarist Lenore has succinctly outlined and categorized her thirteen new songs by tempo, mood and topic. There are about equal offerings of slow, moderate and upbeat songs, as well as a ballad (The Bully) and a bluesy shuffle (Take My Lovin’ Seriously). There really aren’t that many that I would call up-tempo, but upbeat accurately describes songs like “The Pirate,” "The Hippie Song,” and “I’ll Make You Smile” that convey intelligent and relevant lyrics that are easily embraced and understood.

The card also categorizes her thirteen songs into moods ranging from playful to introspective. It’s helpful info for deejays to have as “Another Life” is a very nicely varied set with plenty of emotional radiance. As far as the topics she covers, Lenore addresses key stepping stones of human life and existence -- childhood, attraction, passion, marriage, loving, aging and death. As a folksinger, Lenore also makes touching statements about politics, poverty and war (The Hippie Song, Just One More, Crowded Sidewalks). The former recently won third place in the political category of the prestigious 2007 Unisong International Songwriting Contest. Lenore’s affable, calibrated vocals draw a listener right into the messages, and one can’t help but chuckle at a line like “We’re just two little tiny islands in the ocean of life / We never really wanted to be husband and wife / Just gonna be little friendly toys…” (from “Happy Anniversary”). She has a low-key, earthy style, but I did miss hearing a few vocal harmonies in Lenore’s music. She writes and sings with a conversational and personable flair that should have broad, universal appeal. You’ll no doubt find yourself relating to some messages more than others. A few more catchy hooks might make her songs even more memorable.

This CD features the instrumental support of some excellent musicians -- Paul Mills (guitar, mandolin, percussion), Dennis Pendrith (bass), David Woodhead (electric bass), Tom Leighton (piano, organ, accordion), Rick Whitelaw (slide guitar). They all come across as talented and creative veterans with much aptitude for studio work. After releasing her self-titled debut 1997, Lenore’s “Summer Dancing” album came out in 2002. “Another Life” is another big milestone as her legion of fans continues to grow. With another sweet set of interesting songs, it’s easy to see why Lenore was nominated as “Best Folk Artist” at the 2006 Toronto Independent Music Awards. (Joe Ross, Roseburg, OR.)

Brian Ball, Music Editor

Lenore delivers a masterful display of storytelling and creative imagery on her
Listening to Another Life feels like taking a long, curious walk on a sunny day with a light and empathetic view of the world and its inhabitants. Lenore’s down-to-earth lyrics spellbindingly wrap you into her finely-woven tapestry of folk-pop-rock ballads that radiate enough emotion and truth to invoke change into the world’s collective consciousness! Lenore has developed a priceless craft with her style and delivery that enables even the most simple of messages to take on beautiful and creative paths along their way into the listener’s ears. This delicate and rich style of writing can be compared to that of great American songwriters Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen. This acoustic blend of blues-country-folk-rock and pop suits Lenore’s quirky and honest lyrics to the “T” and allows for very personal and rewarding live performances. From the opening of “The Old Man”, Another Life maintains a very strong presence and likeability throughout the duration of the remaining forty-seven minutes, upholding the listener every step of the way.

Jim Marino, CFMU-FM, Hamilton, ON

"A candidate for 2007 folk album of the year" !
It is truly fun to watch a performer move and grow along a musical path. LENORE'S 3rd and latest cd ANOTHER LIFE continues her amazing songwriting journey. Her tunes about the elderly, hippies, parenting, poverty and love (to name a few) will capture you and make you wish you had written them. Lenore's passion for life flows into these insightful songs giving them an uplifting quality. Also, the diversity of styles, her warm vocals and some excellent production work makes ANOTHER LIFE a cd worth listening to from beginning to end. It will leave a mark on your mind and a smile in your heart.

Jane Charlton Hanson


Lenore is a very talented songwriter/singer. She has been my good friend for many years, since high school. I am very excited for her and her new CD!!