Hemingway's Corner

Under the Big Sky

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Like country-mates Blue Rodeo or the Skydiggers, Canada's Hemingway Corner implemented light rock and folk induced accordances into their music but lacked the ingenuity or the lyrical sharpness that was ingrained in other bands of this sort. What they did have was the sincere and fluent vocals of lead singer David Martin, but this wasn't enough to keep the band in contention even though Under The Big Sky yielded minor singles with "Big Sky" and "Watch Over You," a song about a female runaway. The acoustic guitar plays a large part in their music, but their sound remained too cliché and commonplace for any audience outside of Canada. Shades of Gordon Lightfoot and Joni Mitchell sometimes appear as well, heard in tracks like "Wild Honey" and "Voice Of Reason." They even cover a tune penned by Neil Young entitled "Tell Me Why," highlighted by its easy-paced tranquility. If it wasn't for the overshadowing of other artists that prospered from the same musical formula as they did at the time, Hemingway Corner may have earned greater attention and recognition.

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