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  • Audio CD (January 23, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Loveless Records
  • ASIN: B000KWZ7II
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #465,918 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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"He's got the plain-spoken directness of Hank Williams Sr. and a delicate way of phrasing that sometimes recalls Billie Holiday." - NPR, ALL THINGS CONSIDERED

"The voice is unmistakably in its own class--a high, plaintive, almost feminine cry--and the beautifully sparse songs sound as if they could've fit on Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music." - Chicago Tribune, The Year's Best Recordings: Pop Music "Brosseau has captured the sparse intimacy of old-school country and folk: you could play some of his less-embellished songs and easily convince someone they were recorded fifty years ago." - TIME OUT NY

Tom Brosseau has a voice that has been called totally earthbound and at the same time "sorta out there." With his new album, Grand Forks, Brosseau speaks of his hometown in North Dakota, of the people there, of convulsions of nature, and of survival.

For Grand Forks, Brosseau worked with his producer Gregory Page and recorded at the Maybellaine garage in San Diego as well as in Venice and La Mesa. John Doe, of the great LA punk band X, co-produced and sings on "Fork in the Road." Grammy-winning violinist Hilary Hahn is featured on "Fork in the Road" and the stunning "Blue Part of the Windshield." Also, both the former Mayor of Grand Forks and the former Governor of North Dakota share some words in the liner notes.

Grand Forks is about the great flood of 1997, homelessness, the love of the sound of the fabulous fifties, Les Paul and Mary Ford, traveling, and keeping the direct sunlight out of your face on the freeway.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By irishcornboy on January 24, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I wasn't prepared for the absolute beauty of this disc form North Dakota's finest. Tom's focused on this record and he really shines on this collection/concept record/song cycle. From the homeless drifter to a child who accidentally shoots his friend, these heart breaking tales all center around the time of the 1997 flood?

My mother grew up in Fargo and told me many tales of the Red River and how she wreck havoc on the folks living near it's shore.

I'm glad Tom's decide to honor his "hometown" with this concept record. High points are his duet's with John Doe ("Fork In The Road") and Hilary Hahn ("Blue Part Of The Windshield"). The latter's violin solo is one of the most beautiful passages/moments in popular song, I've heard in years and whether it was written for the song or not, it works perfectly with the melancholy tempo and emotion of the song. As a whole, I don't think Tom's put out a finer collection of tunes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. L. Crow on August 22, 2008
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tom brousseau has ingeniously and with a marvelously insouciant intelligence created an entirely original new musical genre--somewhere between pete seeger/woody guthrie and hank williams/lefty frizzell/hank snow. the grand forks flood references are reminiscent of the ambience from some passages of Cormack McCarthy's Sutree.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steve on August 27, 2008
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Just a short review. I just discovered Tom Brosseau. Everyone in America should own this CD. It is brilliant. Beyond brilliant.
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