Everyone Is Ordinary

by Tracey Browne

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"Everyone Is Ordinary"?

Well a cursory first listen to Tracey Browne's debut album could easily invoke comparison to a host of singer-songwriters...

A British Joan Osborne perhaps, a 21st century Kirsty MacColl, a folkier Sarah McLachlan, a poppier Karine Polwart...they've all been mentioned, but who knows...and who cares; before that first listen is over you'll more than likely have reached the conclusion that Tracey Browne transcends comparisons, and with those oft neglected virtues of a fine voice and a great melody, she's already taking you some place else, some place all her own.

Having grown up in Cambridge and re-located to Manchester several years ago, Tracey has honed her craft in a rich variety of musical settings, from full throated rock vocalist with the short lived but acclaimed Minus One Raver, to purveyor of intimate folk songs in acoustic venues, either solo or with her trusted 'Team Tracey'.
She is also live backing vocalist/keyboard player for Thea Gilmore, whose last two albums she appears on, and an in demand studio sound engineer working freelance mostly at Manchester's Airtight Studios, a regular stop-off for King Creosote, Emmy The Great and I Am Kloot amongst others.

But it's that voice and those songs that will have you reaching for the repeat button.

Often deceptively straightforward and shot through with a pop sensibility, Browne's material seems hand crafted to catch those fleeting, transient moments, the times in lives where the axis tilts, the season begins to change and the balance hangs...

Listen to her unflinching honesty as the lover caught in the stay-or-go moment of "Paradise Found", hear the struggle between vulnerability and defiance in "Comfort Brings Pain" or the unassuming epiphany that is the exquisitely fragile "River City", one of the album’s highlights.

Elsewhere she's ruminative on the loss of musical innocence on "The Girl I Knew" and hilariously cutting while sticking it to a diva on "Under The Radar". Always she's direct and honest, and a teasingly memorable phrase or hook is never far away.

"Everyone Is Ordinary" was produced by Nigel Stonier, who has worked with artistes from Martha Wainwright to Fairport Convention, from Thea Gilmore to Clare Teal. Stonier also played guitar and keyboards on the record, and there are guest appearances, from Thea Gilmore herself, from revered roots accordion player John Kirkpatrick, and from violinist Sarah Kemp (Lanterns On The Lake) as well as longtime Browne collaborators including fellow Mancunian songwriter Becca Williams (Becca and the Broken Biscuits) and James Trott (aka Jacob H James, himself receiving overdue acclaim and national airplay for his solo work).
The album is mixed by ex Earlies member Tom Knott, who worked on Paul Wellers "Wake Up The Nation" album last year.

A live Tracey Browne gig is a thing of unpredictability...a sparky, guitar toting Ani diFranco-like onstage presence, she will deliver solo acoustic versions of many songs off the album... but dont be surprised if she slips seamlessly into an all acoustic AC DC or Skunk Anansie cover...and expect her celebrated punked up version of "Fame" at some point in the proceedings...

"Everyone Is Ordinary"? Debatable.

In the over populated landscape of singer songwriters, Tracey Browne most definitely isn't.

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released March 19, 2012

Tracey Browne - vocals, acoustic guitar, tenor guitar, Q chord, percussion
Nigel Stonier - guitars, piano, hammond organ, cuatro, ukelele, harmonica, percussion, bass
James Trott - vocals, tenor guitar, piano, ukelele
Sarah Kemp - violin
Thea Gilmore - vocals
Becca Williams - vocals
Liz Hanks - cello
John Kirkpatrick - accordion, concertina
Roy Martin - drums
Duke - harmonica

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For Tracey Browne & Raevennan Husbandes see www.traceyraevennan.bandcamp.com

Often deceptively straightforward and shot through with a pop sensibility, Browne's material seems hand crafted to catch those fleeting, transient moments, the times in lives where the axis tilts, the season begins to change and the balance hangs... ... more

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Track Name: Paradise Found
Paradise Found
(T.Browne)

I can’t move on ‘til all this is gone
From the tip of my tongue
At the top of my lungs
And it might not seem fair,
Or like I’m not aware of the
Pain that you feel
It takes longer to heal than
All these bridges we build
Just burn ‘em down,
‘Cause I won’t leave you safe and sound
And as these feelings come round
Just remember although it was lost
We had Paradise Found
Even if it is lost, for a time
We had Paradise Found
I haven’t lost like this in such a time
It’s ironically done,
It seems you are the one for me
And now you’re scared,
And I’m so unprepared
To convince you what’s right
And it won’t be tonight, but...
All these things that we’ve said
They’re all coming down to the
Question in our heads
If I let myself drown
Will I be lost?
Or will we have Paradise Found?
And I don’t want to lose for the gamble
Of Paradise Found
And have you now fallen in love
With each and every part of yourself?
The truth and lies
The needy and strong
The balancing act, and the falling down
It’s hard to know when it’s time to let go
Should I just step away
Is it worth it to stay?
Do I send you a sign
Or just give you some time
To decide what you need,
And it might not be me, but...
Every path that we take
Could lead us away from the
Heart we might break in the end
And every choice that we make
Could bring us back home to the known
To Paradise Found
And the trust in your heart, and your love
Is like Paradise Found
Track Name: Under The Radar
Under The Radar
(N.Stonier/T.Browne)

I heard a whole lot of talk from you
I drank a big glass of wine
I took an instant dislike to you
‘Cause it just saved some time
I gotta get out of here
I wanna just disappear
I just gotta slip Under The Radar
Well, there’s a place I can go my friend
And it just keeps me dry
‘Cause I can’t hear the names you drop
Or see that look in your eye
So long, I’m downward bound
Don’t look, I won’t be found
I just gotta slip Under The Radar
Under The Radar
Away from your beady eye
‘Cause I know that you’ll come knocking
When you find out that I
Have worked hard for something
That you want in your life
So underneath you, I fly...
Well, you’re the life of the party
Yeah, you’re the Queen wannabe
You got big plans and grasping hands
But they don’t work on me
You’re the Ghost of Christmas Pissed
And you can cross me off your list
I just gotta slip Under The Radar
Under The Radar
Away from your beady eye
‘Cause I know that you’ll come knocking
When you find out that I
Have worked hard for something
That you want in your life
So underneath you, I fly...
I heard a whole lot of talk from you
I drank a big glass of wine
I took an instant dislike to you
‘Cause it just saved some time
I gotta get out of here
I wanna just disappear
I just gotta slip Under The Radar
I just gotta slip Under The Radar
Just wanna slip Under your Radar
Track Name: The Cat and the Moon
The Cat and the Moon
(T.Browne)

Darling, I confess
I want to bring you happiness
And I dedicate my life to this every day
I know I’ve been blessed
By your truth and your willingness
To be patient and let me find my way
You need never be alone
For as long as I am here
And I just want for you to know
I won’t disappear
‘Cos like the Cat watches the Moon
I watch for you
And like the Cat is drawn to the Moon
I am pulled towards you
A star shining in the darkness
Watching over you
Ready to fall to earth when you call
Darling, I profess
We are equal in all of this
And I know I’ll love you always in every way
You can trust in this
I’ll make you feel it with every kiss
I’ll take you higher and higher, let’s fly away
‘Cos when I met you at my door
I recognised your face
Think we’ve done all this before
In another time and place
‘Cos like the Cat watches the Moon
I watch for you
And like the Cat is drawn to the Moon
I am pulled towards you
A star shining in the darkness
Watching over you
Ready to fall to earth when you call
Ready to fall to earth when you call
Darling, I confess
I want to bring you happiness
And I dedicate my life to this every day
Track Name: River City
River City
(T.Browne)

Out past the Christmas lights
Down by the riverside
The water looks still
But it glides, travelling silent
And this is the quiet time
So I sit and calm my mind
‘Cause I think a storm’s gonna come
Sweep me away
River City
You have so many faces
Just like me
Tell me, d’you know where the true place is
That our centres lie?
And I have been here before
Told myself nevermore
To let myself go for a promise
Of something I’m missing
In a cycle of poetry
The clues there for all to see
So bring on the storm and I’ll stand
Open and ready
River City
For my dreams to awaken
Put your arms around me
Tell me that everyone’s mistaken
And you really love me
River City
As the past floats away more
I am sitting pretty
‘Cause I have so much to stay for
And this is my time
Track Name: The Mountain Goat
The Mountain Goat
(T.Browne)

Take me driving, take me driving
‘Cause you know that I love moving
Bring out the van
Bring out the sun
Give me a cool wind to help me run
And we can work out how to
Undo what they’ve done
‘Cause a Mountain Goat just needs to climb
High above the horizon line
Oh, and look down
And observe what’s left behind
And I believe everything’s here to teach me
That it all happens for a reason
But even still, it’s up to me
Just what that reason’s gonna be
And maybe I’m not listening
‘Cause a Mountain Goat just needs to climb
High above the horizon line
Oh, and look down
And observe what’s left behind
And all these people who try to tell us
We are not that which we are
All the reasons that they give us
They’re just smoke and mirrors you know
‘Cause a Mountain Goat just needs to climb
High above the horizon line
Oh, and look down
And observe what’s left behind
‘Cause a Mountain Goat just needs to climb
High above the horizon line
Oh, and look down
And observe what she’s left behind
Track Name: The Girl I Knew
The Girl I Knew
(T.Browne)

She’s got a brand new team of
Professional extraordinaires
She’s got her history deleted
Like she doesn’t even care
And I am watching from a distance
As she’s rising through the air
And starting to fly
We had a friendship like no other
No other that I’ve known
Not even like a lover
She took me for her own
And I spent many days and nights
Building trust so we could grow
But now I sing alone
So where’s The Girl I Knew?
Who wanted to take the world by storm
The Girl I Knew
Who trusted that I’d never let her down
I can’t blame her, ‘cos I left and I ran and I lied
But does she know
That I wish I never had
She was a consummate protester
Of how good she could be
I was her musical investor
Like it was meant to be
And maybe moments trigger moments
One day she’ll come back to me
And we’ll sail across that sea
So where’s The Girl I Knew?
Who wanted to take the world by storm
The Girl I Knew
Who trusted that I’d never let her down
I can’t blame her, ‘cos I left and I ran and I lied
But does she know
That I wish I never had
And time is passing by
It won’t run backwards, however hard I try
I can only trust in the feeling that’s inside
That we’re not done
So where’s The Girl I Knew?
Who wanted to take the world by storm
The Girl I Knew
Who trusted that I’d never let her down
I can’t blame her, ‘cos I left and I ran and I lied
But does she know
That I wish I never had
I wish I never had
I wish I never had
Track Name: My Best Friend, My Ego
My Best Friend, My Ego
(T.Browne)

I don’t wanna be responsible
For all the things I’ve been running from
But I’m stopping right here in my tracks
I don’t wanna be the lonely one
I’ve had an image of a loaded gun
Pointed at my spirit,
So pull the trigger on it
And find me
Find me again
It’s all about me
I, and Me, and My Best Friend, My Ego
I know there is something more than this
I’ve had a vision of perfect bliss
But I don’t want to let go of my pain
My desires
And sometimes I love what makes me sick
I treat my body like a piece of shit
But somewhere I know I’ll be loving it
And that’s enough for me
So blind me
Blind me again
It’s all about me
I, and Me, and My Best Friend, ‘cause
I am so very special
And I am so loved by you
I have my own chosen friends
Who don’t question a damn thing I do
And I am my own messiah
And my soul burns like the fire
I’ll sing my stories to you
And you’ll listen, you’ll listen
You’ll listen until I’m through
I just want to be the loved one
But I don’t really trust anyone
So my life is backwards, and upside down
Maybe music is a caring thing
Working better as a sharing thing
Instead of always imagining
What it can do for me
So leave me
Leave me and don’t return
You’ve deceived me
I, and Me, My Worst Friend, My Ego
My Ego
Track Name: Look Through Water
Look Through Water
(T.Browne)

There’s a 100ft wall around my heart
And a doorway in the shape of you
It was right there at the very start
That you easily passed through
And you do, still you do
If you Look Through Water
You see how the world really is
A backwards reflection
That shows up the lies of our heads
But if you stop believing your eyes
You might see the line of your heart
Won’t you Look Through Water at me?
Won’t you Look Through Water?
If you could just reach into me
I’d let ya
And if you would only look at me
I might get ya
And I’d be winning with you loving me
And being free to love you
But could you love me as I want you to?
Without barriers, and with affection?
‘Cause if you Look Through Water
You see how the world really is
A backwards reflection
That shows up the lies of our heads
And if you stop believing your eyes
You might see the line of your heart
Won’t you Look Through Water at me?
Won’t you Look Through Water?
And if you Look Through Water
You see how the world really is
A backwards reflection
That shows up the lies of our heads
And if you stop believing your eyes
You might see the line of your heart
Won’t you Look Through Water at me?
Won’t you Look Through Water at me?
Won’t you Look Through Water?
Track Name: Comfort Brings Pain
Comfort Brings Pain
(T.Browne)

It would be too easy to say
Come comfort me, ‘cause I’m lonely
But I’ve done that too many times now
To know it’s not the way
It used to be easy to let somebody hold me
But now I know better just what lies at stake
And there’s more than just comfort
That sits at the table
And I, I don’t want to waste you away
Waste you away
‘Cause comfort is different
To loving somebody
And I like to think that I’ve changed
So ask me the question
And with all of my heart
I will tell you that Comfort Brings Pain
Comfort Brings Pain
My heart is a stone
And I know that lightning can break boulders down
But then they’re broken
And burnt for all time
And my life is my own
And I’m not gonna give up this freedom again
Not for anyone
‘Cause comfort is different
To loving somebody
And I like to think that I’ve changed
So ask me the question
And with all of my heart
I will tell you that Comfort Brings Pain
Comfort Brings Pain
Don’t take this as a challenge, baby
I ain’t looking for someone to save me
And if I ever feel lonely
I have my guitar
And a view of the stars
‘Cause comfort is different to loving somebody
And I like to think that I’ve learnt
So ask me the question
And with all of my heart
I will tell you that love must be earnt
Love must be earnt
‘Cause Comfort Brings
Comfort Brings Pain
Comfort Brings Pain
Track Name: Little Wheels
Little Wheels
(T.Browne)

My Little Wheels are tired
‘Cos they’ve been spinning around all night
And I can’t slow them down
But now I’m feeling inspired
In spite of everything I am
Still wandering through
And it’s one foot before the other, it’s true
I get a hundred denials
For every good idea that I have
But they’ll disappear in time
‘Cos every obstacle helps me
To sharpen up my vision, and my will
To discover those pearls
If there’s one thing I’ve learnt,
It’s you can’t control the world
And I try to make sense of me and you
And I’m trying to understand
But it’s a long time coming
And I don’t need your hand
My Little Wheels are working
Though they were silent,
There’s just enough of this fuel
To move them to
You’ll never make me stop trying
Even with all of the guilt, and the doubt, and the blame
You haven’t smothered this flame
And I’m stronger to know that I’ve coped with it
In my way
And I’m high on the love that I get from my friends
And I’m fine now I know that each choice
Is just mine, all mine, all mine, all mine, all mine
My Little Wheels are tired
‘Cos they’ve been spinning around all night
But I don’t want to slow them down
Track Name: Kate Rusby
Kate Rusby
(T.Browne)

There’s a girl who sings the blues on Broadway
There’s a man who writes songs in the sun
But the best I’ve heard just lives down my way
You showed me how this could be done
And we said
You be Kate Rusby
And I’ll be Eddi Reader
And one day we’ll just be known for us
So crack open another beer and
Talk to me all night long, ‘cos
These are the best times I have had
There are some who never stop shouting
Of all the things they’ve seen and heard and done
But we are quiet in our own ways
Just moving with whatever comes along
And we said
You be Kate Rusby
And I’ll be Eddi Reader
And one day we will be known for us
So put on another brew and
Sing with me all night, ‘cos
These are the best times I have had
And though you’re not Kate Rusby
And I’m not Eddi Reader
We’re doing just fine for ourselves
‘Cos we have the here and now, and
Who needs more than that?
To create the best times for themselves.