"I recommend measures for ending it / Lover, she simply slammed the door / She said, "you're going to miss me / Wait and you'll see" / Fully and completely"
I was suppose to review Walk Off The Earth this week, but I remember hearing Gord Downie had a birthday this week, so I decided this would be a good week to celebrate his music. The band needs no introduction, its The Tragically Hip, probably the most quintessential Canadian rock band that has ever existed. While I was quite familiar with many of their songs, I never really sat down and listened to an entire album, so I figured this blog would be a good opportunity to do so, and I was thankful someone actually recommended them for this project.
There was much debate when asking for suggestions surrounding what album is their best album. Ultimately "Fully Completely" won out, and on my first listen to the album it was easy to tell why. Lyrically, Gord knocks it out of the park. I only listened to the album a handful of times during the week due to an extremely busy schedule, but when paying attention to the lyrics it was very easy to see that Gord was a master at song writing. Pretty much every song on the album stand out not only lyrically, but also from a pure enjoyment perspective.
Overall, I enjoyed the album quite a bit. To me, it was the first album that I listened to for this project that had a purpose. Not merely just writing 12 songs and putting them on an album (I'm looking at you Sarah Harmer), but writing a collection of songs that all jive together and flow into one another. The album focuses on Canadian icons and various moments in Canadian history and all the stories are conveyed very well within each song. The only blemish on the album was probably their song "Lionized", merely for the fact I didn't enjoy it as much as everything else. While rock isn't a genre I listen to on a regular basis, I feel that I will try adding more of this music to my regular rotations, it truly does deserve it.
Fun Newfoundland connection: In the music video for "The Hundredth Meridian" Gord is wearing a Gros Morne National Park baseball cap. I want that cap.
Rating: 4.5 Gords
Next week: Walk Off The Earth
"They add, 'You can't be fond of living in the past / 'Cause if you are then there's no way that you're going to last'"