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Somebody I Used to Be

Karen Potje

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Somebody I Used to Be is an album of big songs and intimate moments - stories that have been writing themselves for a long long time. Some songs came easily, in a blaze of inspiration and passionate scribbles. Some came slowly, with weeks, months or even years between revisions, giving singer-songwriter Karen Potje the distance she needed to get everything absolutely right and absolutely real. The result is a roller coaster ride of emotions, a rich cast of characters (You’ll find yourself written into more than a few songs), and some surprising twists of plot. Stylistically, Potje mixes it up too, from the soulful slow blues of ‘Ordinary Sad’, the sneakily ironic country shuffle, ‘Dead Ringer’ and the reggae lament of ‘I Never Told You’, to the driving force of her rock/flamenco mashup ‘Somebody’s Hero’. Smart lyrics with razor sharp hooks are anchored by Potje’s gorgeous melodies and warm vocals, all backed up by a core of seasoned Montreal musicians - Sage Reynolds, Adam Goulet and Phil Hornsey on stand-up base, guitar, and percussion respectively. The instrumentals are simple and clear, with Floyd Kramer style piano, some wild and woolly fiddle and banjo solos, and the lush and sometimes loopy vocal harmonies of singer Avery Gietz layered on in just the right places. Potje is proud of her own percussion work too – a loud bang punctuating the bible thumping ‘Reverand Grey’. It took several drops of the Guinness Book of World Records to hit the sweet spot.

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  1. 1 Dead Ringer 02:42 Lyrics
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  2. 2 I Never Told You 03:55 Lyrics
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  3. 3 Too Late Too Long Too Old 04:01 Lyrics
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  4. 4 I Wrote It Down 03:33 Lyrics
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  5. 5 Almost Always 04:31 Lyrics
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  6. 6 Tear Ourselves Away 03:03 Lyrics
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  7. 7 Reverend Grey 03:44 Lyrics
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  8. 8 Ain't That Sad 03:05 Lyrics
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  9. 9 Ruined 04:57 Lyrics
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  10. 10 Ordinary Sad 04:17 Lyrics
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  11. 11 Maybe Once or Twice 03:23 Lyrics
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  12. 12 Somebody's Hero 04:41 Lyrics
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  13. 13 You Can't Fly 03:35 Lyrics
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