"Oh I'm living in the terrible lines I guess I've drawn / I'm holding out for you and then / I never want to see you gone"
This week we are focusing on The Rural Alberta Advantage, an indie rock band from Toronto - not Alberta - that have been making music since 2005. I knew nothing about this band prior to starting this project but two people mentioned them who I knew had similar music tastes to my own. I went into this album anticipating it would be one of my favourites merely based on who said the album was good.
My initial listen was not what I expected at all. I don't know if I was expecting more folk and less rock, or perhaps a different voice from the lead singer, but either way I walked away feeling sightly disappointed. However, after each listen I grew to enjoy the album more and more. My desire for folk quickly disappeared and I was enjoying the indie rock tones of the songs and I embraced the husky lead singer for all his singing prowess. By the end of the week I was not sick of the album at all and was a little disappointed that I had to shelf it for something else. I can say to this point its been one of my favourites so far, but for all the reasons I didn't think it would be.
When picking a favourite song from the album I would have to go with "Brother". Time and time again when I turned the album on I would always look forward to this song and often listen to it a few times before going on to the next song on the album. White Lights and Beacon Hill are also two excellent songs that really convey how good of a band they are.
Rating: 4 Stars
Next week: Justin Beiber