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Ron Hynes

Ron Hynes

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Ron Hynes
Ron Hynes
(Borealis)
Even for an artist whose main turf is disappointment and fear, Hynes seems to be on a downer. Hearing the word “detox” as a lyric in “Dry” drops you into the shoes of an alcoholic with minimal relief from the bare-bones music. More uplifting, just as strong, is the anthemic “Dirt Poor,” recorded live with an enthusiastic audience. Hynes hits a pothole when he discards cliche rhyming restraints for the cornball love song “Tiger Lily,” and “The Mother who Bore You in Pain” is a leading contender for most depressing song title of the year. While less enthralling than 2003’s Get Back Change, Hynes’s high points confirm his status as Newfoundland’s finest living songwriter.
—Doug Taylor
categories: Canadian artist,ECMA nominee (2007)

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