Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Reviews:: Colonial Quarrels The End Was an Honest Mistake

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You never want to judge a book by its cover, but sometimes the image that adorns the cover of a record sets the tone perfectly. Such is the case for the debut release from the Colonial Quarrels, The End Was an Honest Mistake.

The classic imagery of a tall ship drifting out to sea amongst the low set clouds - trying to get as far from the city as possible - triggers so many instant emotions. Throw in the fact the title screams heartbreak and regret, and you kind of prep yourself for an album full of beautiful melancholy from a lost man needing an escape.

The New Brunswick band – led by Remi Cormier (of the Peter Parkers) – offers up a collection of roots tracks that heave and sigh, cry, but still rollick and roll. They balance sweet with their sadness, refusing to ignore their penchant for pop or the morose. I absolutely love the way they jump from one of the most uplifting tracks on the record – the country fried, back porch ready Goodwill Baby (What Are You Saying To Me?) - to a track as dark and ominous as a storm cloud rolling in from the ocean. The pedal steel and Chastity Alward’s backing vocals on Gilded Lillies fill the track with atmosphere and regret and Remi’s emotion just pour out.

Unlike so many roots acts these days that think any sign of a smile takes away from the credibility of a song, Colonial Quarrels seem enjoy adding keys or a booming harmonica to give a song a bit of pep. The electric noodling and harmonica on BD Shoes make you move, so does the quick hitting instrumental We Need More Plastic, and Hitch or 2 crunches along nicely. It might not seem like much, but those spikes in tempo lighten the listen, and make emotional ballads like The End Was An Honest Mistake hit even harder.

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At 12:40 PM, Anonymous Dave did sayeth:

My favourite Moncton band, great album!

 

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