Namoli Brennet | We Were Born to Rise

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We Were Born to Rise

by Namoli Brennet

Folk-pop with substance delivered by Brennet's signature edgy alto. Influenced by Patti Smith, Joni Mitchell and Lucinda Williams. "Namoli Brennet's impeccable ninth album places her firmly among the best folk-rock artists in the country" - Tucson Weekly
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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1. Adeline
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2. Better to Grow
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3. Isn't That Enough
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4. Fall Away
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5. Settle Down
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6. Flightless Birds
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7. Leave on the Light
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8. Just to Be Loved
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9. Rise
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10. Dust on the Radio
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11. I Will Get Along
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12. Decorah
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13. I Belong
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Album Notes
Gene Armstrong, Tucson Weekly:

Tucson singer-songwriter Namoli Brennet's impeccable ninth album places her firmly among the best folk-rock artists in the country. It's sophisticated, witty, well-written and beautifully recorded. Brennet recorded almost every instrument herself in her home studio; drummer Todd Chuba sits behind the drum kit on three tracks.

It's a gorgeous, adult album, with rich emotions and insightful lyrics, at times not unlike the work of, say, Rosanne Cash or Mary Chapin Carpenter, but with a perceptible edge.

The opening track, "Adeline," is a midtempo charmer with atmospheric guitar and an assertive organ escort. "Isn't That Enough" and "Better to Grow" exert a lush folk-pop vibe not unlike that of Fleetwood Mac. Here, it becomes obvious that Brennet's voice actually recalls the sublime middle harmonic sound created by the intertwining vocals of Christine McVie and Lindsey Buckingham.

Her intoxicating spin on urban folk includes the funky rapport of organ, handclaps and bass on "Settle Down," the burbling keyboards of "Flightless Birds," and the brisk, chiming guitar part in the impassioned "Just to Be Loved."

"Fall Away" builds up to rockin', neo-bluegrass-influenced sweat, with a slight French-café effect thanks to jabs of melodica. If you doubted Brennet's vision, it's clear here as she sings: "I am just a messenger / it is my blessing and my curse / to see these things before they come to pass."


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Don Motz

I had the pleasure of seeing Namoli in Phoenix where I first heard many of these songs. She is an incredible performer and I was concerned that this would not translate onto the CD. Not to worry-- the songs on this CD offer a wide range of styles that all feature her wonderful song-writing and a voice that kills! "Settle Down" is simply haunting-- and "I Belong" is one of the best things I have heard in quite some time! I cannot recommend this CD enough!!