Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Quick hitters:: NQ Arbuckle

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After watching the Germans come back to beat Turkey, I'm in an exceptionally good mood. Lahm's goal was masterful - from build up to delivery to finish - and being that he's one of my favorites, I can't find much reason to complain. I am not sure NQ Arbuckle can say the same thing.

In fact, as the opening single (My Baby) indicates, Neville Quinlan might not be able to accept even the most perfect of situations without expecting the other shoe to fall. As he question the motifs behind a woman who seems happy to let her man be who he is, Quinlan can't help but wonder what she's hiding and I have to admit, the paranoid depression lies close to the heart of any roots fan. Even on the sunniest day, with a terrific girl nestled in your arms as you wipe a few beads of sweat from your forehead with an ice cold beer, you still feel trapped and wonder why you can't catch a break.

That's not to say NQ Arbuckle merely spins yarns of depression and paranoia. No, he seems to be a hopeless romantic at times, like when he blatantly declares his love for a women he can't have (Huntsville Affair and the delicate finger picked Mincing Words) or he puts his love on the line (XOK), risking rejection and the band seems to be fueled by his courage. The stomp of the bass drum, the nice female vocals and the big guitar line surge forward with a defiant confidence and too be honest, for most Canadiana artists, drifting past the standard themes can often be dangerous.

NQ Arbuckle, despite spinning yarns about loneliness and heartache, never makes a listener feel alone. When the picked guitar kicks in on Postcard from Princess, and Quinlan starts talking about traveling across this great country of ours, you feel like you are in the crowd singing along. And when the group vocals kick in on I Liked you right From the Start ("somewhere in Allll berta"), you actually feel like you are a part of this record.

With terrific guitar work, constant Canadian references and Quinlan's whiskey soaked voice, it's hard not to get into this record and with songs like Huntsville Affair, it's hard not to picture the band getting serious radio play.

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