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Gord Downie’s final album Introduce Yerself is an altruistic farewell

Title Introduce Yerself Artist Gord Downie Label Arts & Crafts Year 2017 At death’s door, Gord Downie refused to sing about death. On his final album, Introduce Yerself, the late singer-lyricist addresses the people and places that meant the most to him, among them his bandmates, Lake Ontario, his Indigenous acquaintances, his children, even his…

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Behind Arcade Fire’s messianic Have to save our souls

Somethin’ filled up, my heart with nothin’ Someone advised me not to shout. Now that I’m older, my heart’s colder, And I will see that it is anbsp;lie. With their debut album Funeral in 2004, Win Butler and Arcade Fire advised us to wake up, our hearts were meant to bleed. A couple of years…

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Behind Arcade Fire’s messianic Have to save our souls

Somethin’ filled up, my heart with nothin’ Someone advised me not to shout. Now that I’m older, my heart’s colder, And I will see that it is anbsp;lie. With their debut album Funeral in 2004, Win Butler and Arcade Fire advised us to wake up, our hearts were meant to bleed. A couple of years…

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The Barr Brothers’ second album is curious, exceptional folk-rock

Title Sleeping Operator Artist The Barr Brothers Label Secret City Rating 3/4 Year 2014 One day the Eagles will wake up in hell and wish they had done it like The Barr Brothers. Henley and Frey and company were exceptional but insincere, and sometimes not all that exceptional. Like the Eagles, Montreal’s Barr Brothers rock…

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Buck 65 releases his divorce album – but where’s the fire?

Title Neverlove Artist Buck 65 Label Warner Genre Alternative Rating 2.5/4 Year 2014 His wife left behind her wedding ring, placing it right beside a note reminding him to feed the cat. Buck 65’s new album Neverlove is a divorce record, starting off with a track called Gates of Hell that features the blue-eyed hip-hopper’s…

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Brill Bruisers a party come-back without confetti

Title Brill Bruisers Artist The New Pornographers Label Matador/Last Gang Rating 2.5/4 Word on the street was that the New Pornographers’s leader A.C. Newman had gone through a rough stretch, but made it out okay and was looking to make a “celebration record.” Brill Building Bruisers, the indie collective’s first LP in four years, is…

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They Want My Soul is a ‘pearl of an album in a string of them’

Title They Want My Soul Artist Spoon Label Universal Rating 3/4 Year 2014 There comes a time when one decides one no longer needs to hear any more new music – got enough, thank you – and retires to a life soundtrack or other records missed along the way. I can imagine that day happening,…

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From Bathouse Recording Studios, PS I Love You are back with richer textures

Title For Those Who Stay Artist PS I Love You Label Paper Bag Records Rating 3.5/4 Working for the first time in a proper studio – at the Tragically Hip’s popular Bathouse Recording Studio in Bath, Ont. – the PS I Love You twosome of drummer Benjamin Newman and singer, guitarist and effect-pedal aficionado Paul…

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Daydream reflections from Luluc’s debut

Title Passerby Artist Luluc Label Sub Pop Records Genre Folk Rating 3/4 When you’re weary, feeling small, and when tears are in your eyes, Luluc will dry them all. On their debut international release, the gentle, pacifying wash of Simons and Garfunkels and Great Lake Swimmers is what the Australian folk duo of Zoe Randell…

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Interesting accordion ideas, Latin musical moments from Morrissey

Title World Peace Is None Of Your Business Artist Morrissey Label Universal Canada Rating 3/4 I haven’t a clue what true-blue Morrissey fans want from their man these days, but it’s possible they’ll be tickled and occupied by his new album. There are interesting accordion ideas and Latin musical moments. The mellifluous misanthrope is strong…

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