By Mike Dunn
CALGARY — Long one of the Canadian underground’s most charismatic, and enigmatic showmen, Vancouver’s C.R. Avery returns with his 17th release, All The Angels Didn’t Scare Me. At once irreverent and heartfelt, Avery’s combination of moody spoken word and piano ballads quickly calls to mind early Tom Waits, and the lyrical tone of the record sheds a local light on the mass gentrification of the city he calls home.
“Oh this town I loved so well,” Avery sings on “Either This Wallpaper Goes or I Do,” questioning the Lower Mainland condo buyers with heartbroken melancholy for the potential fate of the local arts scene, “Why would you move on top of a live entertainment venue, and call the cops to make noise complaints, when you could just move to the suburbs? Peace and quiet can sleep like martyred saints.”
The commercialization of folk and roots music often makes artists reticent to give voice to difficult opinions, but C.R. Avery’s All The Angels Didn’t Scare Me is a fearless record brimming with hard questions for the people on the street who need answers, delivered with Avery’s signature laid-back cool.
All The Angels Didn’t Scare Me is out independently Friday, September 30th. He plays the Cobalt (Vancouver) Oct. 1, the Ironwood Stage & Grill (Calgary) Oct. 8, Stagger Studio (Lethbridge) Oct. 9, Stage 104 (Edmonton) Oct. 10, Vangelis (Saskatoon) Oct. 14, and Creative City Centre (Regina) Oct. 15.AB, Alberta, All The Angels Didn’t Scare Me, BC, British Columbia, C.R. Avery, Cobalt, Creative City Centre, Ironwood Stage & Grill, Stage 104, Stagger Studio, Vangelis