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Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Reviews:: Hey Rosetta! - Into Your Lungs

Epic. If I were tasked with writing a one-word review for Into Your Lungs, the new album from Newfoundland orchestral-indie rockers Hey Rosetta!, that is the word I would use. In fact, why don't I do that? You heard it hear folks, Into Your Lungs is epic, so go ahead and buy it. Goodnight everybody!

...still here? I thought you might be. If you're a loyal reader of the hill, you know I couldn't review the cereal I had this morning in one word (milky...cereal baby! See), let alone an album on the scale of this one right here. Everything about the this album is on a grand scale, from the title (Into Your Lungs (and around in your heart and on through your blood) is the full title), to the lengths of the songs, the depth of the lyrical content, and the sweeping musicianship found throughout the album.

Pulling off an album of this scale is no easy task, it takes both skill and smarts, and Hey Rosetta! is a band with both. Front man Tim Baker is no dummy either. He writes some beautiful, poetic lyrics, as the very first verse shows: "what's to come only fate can show, see her move like a toreador, wielding her cloak and sword". I actually love that line, and I'm a big fan of Baker's lyrics in general, but twelve songs (at over five minutes each) of material like that could get kind of heavy.

But Baker clearly realized this a while ago, so he surrounded his lyrics with the expansive sounds of the five other musicians that currently make up the band. And not to say the band didn't do some great work on Plan Your Escape, but their contributions are more up front than ever on this album. Whether it's Kinley Dowling's violin on I've Been Asleep For A Long, Long Time, Josh Ward's bass work on Handshake The Gangster, or Phil Maloney's drumming on Red Heart, all the players get the chance to showcase their skills at one point or another, and the album is all the better for it.

The album also seems the better for the involvement of one Hawksley Workman, who came aboard as producer. Clearly he got the memo about aiming for the Epic on this album, as the songs often build from hushed intros into brisk rockers and then fall into hushed breakdowns so Baker can deliver a heartbreaking conclusion to his tale. Considering that the band is a six-piece, the sound would be pretty full as is, but Hawksley & Co. often round out the sound with piano, various horns (sax, tuba, trumpet), some choir-style backing vocals, and even in one instance the lovely instrument that is Jenn Grant's voice. It all usually works in my opinion, and more is more where Hey Rosetta! is concerned.

If you're asking me (and you're here, so that implies you are), Hey Rosetta! has very much delivered on the promise their EP showed and is certainly justifying the hype bestowed on them by Hawksley and others. If you've yet to check out this band, wait no longer.

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Posted at 10:01 AM by naedoo :: 1 comments

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At 12:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous did sayeth:

nice tune.. like the singers voice.. The outro didn't realy grab me though.


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