Album Club Episode 2

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April 8, 2014 by Wayne.

Yeah, it’s that album a bunch of people started calling “a 21st century In the Aeroplane…” for some reason


The Rural Alberta Advantage – Hometowns

Am I really going to be sticking to this 1 album per post format? I don’t know. Chances are episode 3 won’t be coming out anytime soon either, got them finals and shit, yknow

I absolutely adore this album (and the RAA in general). Each song is a package of furious energy and melancholy; a battle between gorgeous arrangements and pop sensibilities. Take The Dethbridge in Lethbridge, for instance:

Clipped but frantic drumming interlaced with wistful lyrics and an incessant intensity – what’s not to love about it?

But the most incredible part about the album is its extraordinary ability to capture the very essence of small towns. There’s a fine line between nostalgia and cheese, after all.

An impeccable album, one of my favourites of all time.

There’s a great review here, if you want to read some actually good music criticism:

http://www.popmatters.com/review/136349-the-rural-alberta-advantage-departing/

And, of course, they point out the main defect of the album: it’s too short! Or at least, I want it to be longer. Which ties back, of course, to the album’s motifs of longing and looking back. Just grab a copy of it, k, it’s fantastic.

Check out what I’m currently listening to at last.fm

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