Album Review: Julie Doiron, So Many Days
For someone who has been writing and performing music for over 20 years now, you'd think that song-writing comes quite naturally to Julie Doiron by now. But halfway through the opening track of her new album, So Many Days, we are taken straight to the centre of the musician's thought process and learn that this isn't the case at all. "I'm writing this song to prove to myself that maybe I can write songs," Doiron admits on "Cars and Trucks."
It's this kind of earnest, almost stream-of-consciousness honesty that's the crux of Doiron's work, a signature of sorts that many of her songs bare. Doiron's train of thought flows with an ease that speaks like a close friend whispering her deepest secrets to you, but still unravels and builds in moments with an intensity that's gripping and electric.
So Many Days fits right in with the rest of Doiron's discography, like another diary completed and set aside. She continues her subtle reign as one of the country's most prolific writers and, as evident through her louder turn with her recent work under the moniker of Julie Doiron and the Wrong Boys, a badass guitarist who shouldn't be taken lightly.
Doiron's music is rarely flashy and doesn't outwardly beg for your attention, but it goes down like a cup of tea that soothes the soul and warms the heart. Take the hauntingly simple "By the Lake" — its power lies in her unnervingly peaceful voice, her barebones lyrics and her straightforward lyrical sentiments. But, make no mistake, Doiron will also lay down an explosive riff every once in a while, such that it jumps up and shocks you.
Even if she does hit a case of writer's block every now and then — and she's frankly quite honest with us about it, we're glad that she pulls through every time to put together another fantastic album ready to be cataloged in the canon of great Canadian songwriting.