We're All Leaving
Dave Gunning, from Nova Scotia on Canada’s east coast, explores the theme of a yearning for earlier, simpler times on his seventh album, ranging from a touching elegy to an abandoned small town to seeking a time when pride wasn’t foolish and a man was measured by the weight of his word.
“Made on a Monday” is the standout track on first listen, and its catchy chorus makes it an obvious choice for a single. Comparing himself to a car rolling off the production line, Gunning wonders whether he was made after everyone had been partying over the weekend, with the result that nothing fits quite right: Maybe they were tired from the weekend, Not feeling great, not seeing straight.
“Before The Morning Sun” has heartfelt lyrics and a different angle on a story of the decline of the family farm – the narrator faces the hangman after shooting the banker who has taken away his parents’ farm. Looking back again in “As Far As This Town Goes”, he thinks back to a girl he left behind when he left his hometown, and wonders what became of her.
All eleven songs are co-written by Gunning, six of them with his close collaborator Jamie Robinson, who also produces and plays guitar and various other instruments.
Dave Gunning has a pleasing voice, the production is polished and his band’s playing is immaculate throughout. But there may not be enough here to enable Gunning to stand out from the crowd. And, if you like your country music with a few rough edges, this is probably not for you.