11
Nov
13

BLUE RODEO CD REVIEW- IN OUR NATURE- “MUSIC FROM BIG FARMHOUSE, KEELOR RETURNS” BY JOHN EMMS

017-blue-rodeo-by-dustin-rabin-2640-2_smaller

Like any great sports team, when the chips are down the team and players come through with a gut level check win.

Musically speaking  Blue Rodeo has really come through with In Our Nature.

There is a natural communal vibe and clarity that comes off of the new Blue Rodeo album In Our Nature. The more I listen to the recording I kind of refer to it as “Music From Big Farmhouse”

With a nod to Music From Big Pink but coming from Ontario and Greg Keelor’s farm (Lost Cause recording studio) instead of Woodstock N.Y In Our Nature shows off a cohesive seven piece band that sounds for lack of a better term “natural”

The other huge effect on this album is the return of songwriter founding member Greg Keelor to full prominence.

It’s not like Keelor has been off to Mars with his long suffering Tinnutis (ringing in the ears) but his songwriting and singing on tracks  such as Tara’s Blues (possibly the album’s standout track), Wondering,  the title track, Never Too Late and Mattawa  seem to lift the band and this album to another level.

The inclusion of new band members Colin Cripps on guitar and vocal harmony and Michael Boguski piano and organ has upped the ante on the overall band dynamics.

The lock of the whole band with stick man Glenn Milchem, bassist Bazil Donovan and the ultra cool multi-instrumentalist Bob Egan is especially noticeable if you have witnessed the live in studio shows on Canadian TV.

Co-leader Jim Cuddy coming off the gorgeous solo album Skyscraper Soul relied on his gut instinct as a great songwriter to come up with new stellar songs such as When The Truth Comes Out (great solo and fills from Cripps) the lead off single New Morning Sun, his own piano ballad Made Your Mind Up and the absolute stunning You Should Know.

The recording and mixing by James McKenty on In Our Nature whether it’s on the headphones or room mix really breathes and that deserves kudos.

Also included on the cd is a very faithful cover of Robbie Roberston’s Out Of The Blue.

Blue Rodeo is no doubt an inspiration to fans and other artists, especially in Canada.

You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to know that In Our Nature is one of the best albums of their career.

This cd will  make my top ten list of best albums of 2013

John Emms is a veteran music journalist, online radio host, http://emms.podbean.com/ and singer-songwriter with Canada’s blues/roots rockers THE SHAFTMEN https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/the-worlds-gone-crazy/id673101570

www.theshaftmen.com

Advertisements

2 Responses to “BLUE RODEO CD REVIEW- IN OUR NATURE- “MUSIC FROM BIG FARMHOUSE, KEELOR RETURNS” BY JOHN EMMS”


  1. 1 Bud Morrison
    November 12, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    I am a huge fan of Blue rodeo, I am a musician and quite proud to had the pleasure of meeting Jum Cuddyin Truro NS very down to earth spoke with me like knew me all his life ,purchased your latest CD and it’s great keep up the great work and the best thing you come from canada A


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


November 2013
M T W T F S S
« Oct   Feb »
 123
45678910
11121314151617
18192021222324
252627282930  

%d bloggers like this: