By Carlos Oen
David Francey – The Broken Heart of Everything
The Broken Heart of Everything is the name of the latest album from award-winning Canadian folk artist David Francey. With three Junos, four Canadian Folk Music Awards and a SOCAN Folk Music Award, Francey has well stated his mastery as a songwriter. His 11th solo album is a generous collection of rich visual lyrics and meaningful stories, accompanied by easily digestible melodies.
The importance of details in Francey´s work is evident, with the lack of percussions compensated by the rhythmic picking of guitar, banjo, mandolin, bouzouki, dobro and bass strings. All elements are in place so that the vocal cords and fiddle may take a protagonist role.
The album comes in a complicated moment, as Francey´s voice has developed a hoarseness that affects his vocal projection. “The wisest man just goes on living, takes the days that he is given. Count its blessings up to ten. Makes his mark, begins again,” goes the chorus for “Poorer Then.”
Listening to this album creates a feeling of taking in something good for the soul. You can catch a piece of that goodness when Francey performs at the Mission Folk Festival July 20 to 22.