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article imageReview: Music Review: Beauty is So Common by Slow Leaves

By Paula Kirman     Sep 9, 2014 in Music
Beauty is So Common is the first full length release from Winnipeg artist Grant Davidson under his project moniker Slow Leaves.
Davidson's three previous releases have in common that they were recorded on a very small budget, but reflect the depth of his songwriting abilities as well as his warm, resonant vocals.
As Slow Leaves, Davidson has stepped things up more than a few notches. The production quality, arrangements, and even the songs themselves are are more intricate and professional. The sound is still folky and acoustic driven, but it is obvious that far more time and production value has gone into Beauty is So Common.
I first became familiar with Grant Davidson when he performed at the Black Dog, a pub in Edmonton, a couple of years ago and was absolutely blown away. I've been listening to his previous releases ever since, but can definitely tell you that Beauty is So Common definitely takes things to another level. A lot of emotion comes through in the lyrics and performance.
But what really stands out is Davidson's voice. To me, this has always been his strongest asset. Deep and rich with just a hint of vibrato, there is a sense of familiarity that just draws the listener in. There is an intimacy created here.
The songs themselves range from quiet ballads to faster tempo upbeat songs, some with a bit of quirk, but all fall within the folk/alt-country spectrum.
Slow Leaves is now a full time endeavour for Davidson, who recently did the musician's dream of quitting his day job. It's definitely worth the gamble. While beauty may be so common, Slow Leaves is one of a kind.
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