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Bob Franke, Long Roads, Short Visits

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Bob Franke, Long Roads, Short Visits

Audio CD

Disk ID: 53441

Disk length: 44m 44s (11 Tracks)

Original Release Date: 1997

Label: Unknown

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“Long Roads, Short Visits” Tracks & Durations

1. The Roads Are Long In Canada 3:29
2. Inland Sea 2:17
3. There's A Last Time For Everything 3:30
4. In The Place Of Trust 3:37
5. For Real 5:54
6. I Won't Feel Lucky ('Til I Get Lucky With You) 2:14
7. Slow Down 5:11
8. Je T' Adore 3:31
9. William The Streak 4:14
10. Straw Against The Chill 5:11
11. Saturn Blues 5:29

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Bob Franke's 1997 album takes its title from its opening song, "The Roads Are Long in Canada." Strumming an acoustic guitar with a lazy, laidback rhythm, the Boston singer/songwriter croons the melody in a light, breathy baritone that stays comfortably within its narrow range. The lyrics describe a spiritual epiphany that occurs while driving across the Canadian prairies one night. The details of this experience are left to the imagination, for Franke is content to suggest the events with phrases such as "It took a night in Canada to recognize your soul, to heal some dark and hollow times." Most of the songs on the album follow this same approach. Whether they tackle romantic betrayal, environmental degradation, a beloved dog, an estranged father, or true love, the lyrics imply more than they describe and are delivered with pretty guitar picking and whispery vocals. Some listeners will find this music the height of sensitivity; others will find it a sure cure for insomnia. --Geoffrey Himes