By: Remington Fioraso
Album: Norman, Take a Knee
Release Date: September 4, 2015
Genre: Indie Folk/Rock
Album Link: https://roballen.bandcamp.com/releases
Rob Allen is a singer-songwriter from Toronto, Ontario. In September 2015, he released his 8 track debut album entitled Norman, Take a Knee.
When listening to Norman, Take a Knee, I was intrigued in the plugged down nature of the album. Even when a song is not slower in pace, it was easy to envision it being played around a campfire acoustically away from the greater society. Yet, lyrically it goes beyond such and tackles more sociologically intriguing questions of the definition of ‘success. This is exemplified in the track “Routine City.”
The tracks standing out the most for me on Norman, Take a Knee were “All The Bridges That I’ve Burned,” “Borrowed Heart,” and “Routine City.” However, I found that the entire album is enjoyable to listen to.
Connect with Rob Allen:
Hi Everyone! My name is Remington Fioraso. I am a graduate of the University of the Fraser Valley’s Bachelor of Arts program in Sociology, Anthropology, and Media and Communication Studies. Within my program, I focused on social media, learning about contemporary and classical sociological theory (Including Marx, Foucault, Bourdieu, and Durkheim), and communicating effectively in various modes and for different audiences (including oral communication, business communication, academic writing, entertainment media, and presentations utilizing visual media). Within my program, the question arose for many courses, “What is the relevance in the real world?” Stepping (temporarily) away from being in university, I gained an interest in Latin American development, social movements, and business. Sooner than later, I will be applying for post-grad programs to dive further into LA development and social movements to gain a theory-background in addition to a personal perspective onto the topics. In my free time, I love to travel, consume media, eat, listen to music, and write. Listening to music and writing led to my interest in working with Canadian Beats! I have been a part of the team since April 2014. A few of my personal highlights of interviews include ones with some of my favourite artists – Sumo Cyco, Madeline Merlo, and High Valley. Be sure to connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram!