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  • Audio CD (21 Oct. 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Zoe
  • ASIN: B000067BLE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 477,954 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Are You Ready
2. Use It Up
3. The Darkest One
4. It's A Good Life If You Don't Weaken
5. Silver Jet
6. Throwing Off Glass
7. All Tore Up
8. Leave
9. A Beautiful Thing
10. The Dire Wolf
11. The Dark Canuck

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A. McGhie on 3 July 2002
Format: Audio CD
How could you summarise The Tragically Hip? Hard-edged but melodic, raw and energetic, abstract but compelling, clever and intricate, one of the most revered and popular bands in the history of Canadian music yet comparitively lost to the UK. Why? Aside from the obvious swipe at the music-buying public and the band's seeming reluctance to tour these shores, the BBC must shoulder the lion's share of the blame. Despite even the middle-of-the-road comfort zone that is Radio 2, our broadcasting institution have not aired a single record by this band in years, and with regular BBC airplay being the filter to all other outlets, the band stands little chance of increasing its popularity here.
Anyway, enough ranting. 'In Violet Light', with its uninhibited production captures the band's live sound better than their previous few outings. However, in common with much of their previous output IVL is a grower, many of the tracks only revealing themselves on repeated listening. Of the more immediate tracks, the searing 'Silver Jet' stands out as a highlight, as does the first single 'It's A Good Life...' with it's shimmering guitars and crescendo chorus. 'The Darkest One' and 'All Tore Up' are more traditional Hip moments, the latter could have been lifted from their 'Day For Night' sessions. However, IVL's strength lies in its diversity. The subtle, understated 'Throwing Off Glass' and the epic, if a little curious 6-minute closer 'Dark Canuck' are evidence that the Hip's left of centre approach to songwriting has not debased. And that's no bad thing.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By "johnbenn100" on 8 July 2002
Format: Audio CD
The Tragically Hip have been putting out superb records for years, but their latest is a work of true genius. Equall parts lush beauty and driving rock music, not to mention some of the best lyrics ever penned (lead singer Gord Downie is really more of a "beat poet" than a rock star, which makes it all the better when you see this electric wild man play live - picture a bit of Talking Heads era David Byrne, Michael Stipe and Tom Waits and you're starting to get close). Tragically Hip have been compared to everyone form Radiohead to REM to Wilco, but they truly have their own sound.
From the uplifting rock anthem of "Are u ready", the explosiveness of "Use it Up" and "The Darkest One", the eerie vividness of "It's a Good Life..." and "Throwing off Glass" to the unquestionable brilliance of tunes like "The Dire Wolf" and the rather complex "Dark Canuck". Plus, British producer Hugh Padgam (David Bowie, XTC, Police etc.) has really helped them achieve a rich, bright sound on this record.
It may not be a "first listen" record, but the incredible lyrics, textures and rhythms will soon get under your skin and affect you in a remarkable way. The Hip rarely tour the UK (they seem to be much bigger in their native America), but do not miss the opportunity to see them when they return.
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By Mr. K. RJ Graham on 13 Nov. 2014
Format: Audio CD
Nothing really new and much the same as all the others.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
now this is what I call music at work 12 Jun. 2002
By Impossibilium - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
After the past few albums I was beginning to think The Hip had past their prime. In Violet Light renews my faith with a collection of well chosen songs that make up the most cohesive album they have done in years. Producer Hugh Padgham brings out an energy, clarity and simplicity in the music that seemed to have been lost recently and Gord Downie has never sounded better. Don't expect the over produced, layered approach of Music@Work.
From the storming opener "Are You Ready", through the atmospheric beauty of current single "It's a Good Life ...", the riff heavy drive of "All Tore Up" recalling the energy they had on their earlier albums, to the soaring chorus of "Beautiful Thing" all the lyrical and musical elements you expect from The Hip are there. Including a song about birds.
The added bonus of The Hip Club membership reward card is just one more reason to buy this album. A remarkably simple way to reward the fan who actually purchases rather than copies the album.
"music that can help you feel great" - Use It Up
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Back in fine form 12 Jun. 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
After a few decent but unspectacular albums (starting with the mediocre Trouble in the Henhouse and culminating in 2000's uneven Music@Work) the Tragically Hip are back in fine form with their latest release "In Violet Light". I've just listened to the album twice but immediately tracks like the first single "'It's A Good Life If You Don't Weaken'", "Throwing Off Glass" and the very aptly titled "A Beautiful Thing" rank among the best songs the Hip has ever recorded.
Perhaps lead singer Gord Downie's solo album "Coke Machine Glow", released last year unleashed a creative fury in he and the rest of the Hip that allowed them to craft such a fine album.
Sidenote: Coke Machine Glow is completely unlike anything the Hip have done, including this release (though it comes closer then any of the previous albums), but it is none the less a recording well worth picking up. If you don't trust me ask Rolling Stone, who called it the best album to come down from Canada since Neil Young's heyday all those years ago.
Fantastic album.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Less Shiny Hip, but a great one to get to know while driving 17 Nov. 2004
By DerWeg - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
More gritty than the slightly overwrought "Music@work" CD preceding it, this one tries to shoot more from the Hip and succeeds.

What killed Music@work perhaps was "Tiger the Lion" with its pointless academics about "Art In Our Time" and "Purposeless Play" bla bla bla... that one track really derails a disk with many good songs to offer. And with those stupid sonar/whale sounds - I'm sure people must hate such exercises in cleverness.

Violet Light has by contrast an almost stark simplicity, and is over almost before it begins, especially if you are a chronic track-skipper like me. But there is texture and soul on this record, and the oft-mentioned "Darkest One" is a song after my own heart. I have no idea what the lyrics mean, but it's a powerful statement while driving along into a 401 sunset.

"Well the wi-ild are


And the stro-ong are

the Darkest Ones,

You're the Darkest o-one..."

(Tom Petty wishes he wrote such a compelling chorus!)
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Finally Finally Finally..... 12 Jun. 2002
By John - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Now Im a hip fan, but Music at work was pretty forgettable.
Phantom power was an awesome album, but it was like a different band. Trouble at the hen house gave us some killer melodic tunes (gift shop, end of a century) but it died out 5 songs in...
But before that, day for night, fully completely, road apples..Those were hip albums, solid throughout, 100% pure hip, and thats exactly what In Violate light is. The hip's new album has this nostalgic feel to it, you can almost sense The Darkest one being on fully Completely, Silver Jet and All Tore up sound like they are straight from Day for Night.The dire wolfs guitar licks reflect the days of road apples..
All I have to say is, buy this album, Its great, If you liked old hip but not new you will be happy this album has come out, its been a long wait but its here. And If your more a fan of Phantom Power on, this album is not without its slow poetic songs that easily match Bob Caygeon and Lake Fever.
Go Buy this, Stop reading my grammitically incorrect review, go buy this Album.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Going To A Cottage This Summer? 15 April 2005
By Michael Schoenborn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
If you plan to trek out to some lake-side wilderness come warmer weather, this CD is a must buy. This is the perfect music to accompany some late evening drinks under the stars by the fire side (with friends; if its just you and your lady, then be a gentleman and throw on some Marvin Gaye or Coldplay or whatever she's into).

Sorry, I got off track. This is a beautiful CD. It starts off rocking (Are You Ready, Use It Up, Silver Jet) and moves towards classic Hip-style serenity (Good Life, A Beautiful Thing, Leave). Dire Wolf is in my top 5 Hip songs of all time, which (for me) is really saying something.

Take, for example, some typical(ly beautiful) lyrics, from the aptly titled Beautiful Thing:

In ulcerating silence
perspective comes
the way it always does - it's ransom.
So randomly, somebody calls
the phone rings and it brings Niagara Falls.
"It's 3 o'clock in the morning,
You'd better be dyin" and you were
so we talked about the time
and where it went,
unremarkable events,
and how one day took two days
and they got spent.
How you'd continue, carefully in degrees
trying to do one true beautiful thing.

Its not the most radio single-ish music that the Hip have ever done, and it takes a listen or two before you find yourself humming (and then singing) along. But this CD is like my old blue blanket, that makes me feel happy and peaceful and comfortable.

This isn't entry level stuff, but if you really like the Hip, you'll really like this!
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