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DOMINIQUE REYNOLDS
Tiny Burden
Pop-Rock
Sun Rating: 3 1/2 out of 5
If you buy just one local album this week with a bouncy pop ode to bonobo monkeys, well, it would have to be this set from singer-pianist Reynolds. But the Madrigaia alum's CD doesn't stop there; it also boasts stirringly elegant piano-rock ballads, a rich cover of Leonard Cohen and earthy production from Doc Walker guitarist Murray Pulver. That's not much of a burden, is it?

http://www.winnipegsun.com/entertainment/music/2009/06/18/9838336.html - Winnipeg Sun


DOMINIQUE REYNOLDS
Tiny Burden
• Label: Polar Bear Productions
4 out of 5 stars
A hit at this past July’s Winnipeg Folk Fest, Dominique Reynolds is a former member of acclaimed world music group Madrigaia. On Tiny Burden, she delivers a delightful blend of French and English lyrics and aboriginal chanting (alluding to her Metis roots). The result is a lighthearted social commentary. She sings of the war that exists between so many facets of society – “the rich and poor, the black and white” – and she playfully suggests that the solution is that we be more like the bonobos: We should “settle our differences by making love.” She creates a mood perfect for a relaxing sunny day – soft vocals with a little bit of oomph, reminiscent of Natalie Merchant. Overall, the album is a pleasing, confidently-presented homegrown contribution.
Note: Streaming MP3 not available at this time.
This review appeared in Volume 64, Number 02 of The Uniter, published September 10th 2009

http://uniter.ca/view/1161/ - The Uniter


Dominique Reynolds
Coming Home
Independent
Home Base: On the piano bench. Genre: passionate pop. Review: Classically trained pianist and Madrigaia member Dominique Reynolds steps into the spotlight with her debut album Coming Home. And it suits her just fine. Reynolds has a gorgeous, evocative voice that reminds you of Chrissie Hynde, a nice way with a melody and a chorus, and an adventurousness that spurs her to incorporate everything from post-Alanis pop to skittery drum 'n' bass jazz into this impressive disc, which was capably produced by guitarist Murray Pulver. Coming Home should take her places. ****out of ***** - Winnipeg Sun


Dominique Reynolds' debut album, Coming Home, announces the arrival of a major songwriting talent. She describes herself as "a female Ben Folds," which is a pretty accurate description. Introspective without being a downer, intelligent without being pretentious and clever without being gimmicky, Reynolds is an artist who appears to have had the wisdom to hone her craft before going public.

"Looking back on my mistakes/ You were the best one I made/ All those times when we were wrong/ We were so young, thank god we were strong." Reynolds laments in "It's Never Too Late," before launching into the witty refrain of "It's Never Too Late to have a happy childhood."

At least half of the 10 songs on Coming Home could be released as radio-friendly singles. Reynolds' commercial sound is the result of avoiding the common indie pitfall where the artist also serves as producer.

Production duties fell to Murray Pulver, who worked with Reynolds' fellow Winnipeggers The Crash Test Dummies. Pulver's tight, clean production showcases Reynolds' tunes with uncluttered arrangements that emphasize her pop-perfect vocals.

Reynolds is definately one to watch.

Cindy Filipenko - Herizons Winter 2004


Discography

Tiny Burden 2009
Dominique Reynolds debut disc: Coming Home 2003
Dominique Reynolds EP: 2001
Singles on radio:
CKSB, Envol FM 91.1 Ton nom, Le mois de mai, Un
CKIC 92.9 White Flag
NCI 105.5 The Rifle

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When Dominique Reynolds, former member of the world music group Madrigaia, began a song writing project exploring her Metis and Aboriginal roots, she had no idea where it would take her. In collaborating with Leela Gilday (2007 Juno winner for best aboriginal recording) , Wab Kinew rapper/CBC host/ Sundancer and Ray Coco Stevenson, Pow Wow singer with Eagle and Hawk, Dominique Reynolds discovered her voice as a songwriter had not mellowed through the years. In fact, Dominique is coming into her own in every aspect of her life. Married check, two kids check, trying to have it all check Yes, striking a balance as an artist/mother can be a Tiny Burden., but the only thing you can do with it is to pick it up, carry on and come on back to the war, to quote Leonard Cohen.

The songs created began to form an EP, then an album. Recorded mostly at Channels studio in Winnipeg with additional tracking in Nashville, Tiny Burden was produced by Murray Pulver of Doc Walker, engineered by Paul Yee and played by Winnipeg and Nashville’s pros.

Tiny Burden is a collection of Dominique's signature cabaret tinges and engaged singer-songwriter lyrics. If This Was Right, probably the most rocking tune is her own version of a duet between her and hip hop artist Wab Kinew (nominated for best video at this years APCMAs). Never Enough is a beautifully sad song baring Dominique raw and exposed. By blending Aboriginal influences (Shakeyishk, a metis love song and Grand Chief's Daughter), Dominique is expressing her journey into her ancestry while planting her feet firmly in the now. Before you right her off as a "serious singer songwriter have a listen the Bonobos, a power pop tune named after the chimps who make love, not war.

Tiny Burden was released in Winnipeg in 2009 and has already garnered great reviews. The album is available on CD Baby and at select stores in Winnipeg. For more info email Dominique pommepomme1@hotmail.com.