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5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless Country- Noir, 4 Mar 2009
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Christopher Lee (beverley - yorks) - See all my reviews
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Melancholic alt-country has a few champions notably the Junkies and Willard Grant this young Canadian band are up there with the best.
Ryan Boldt has a wonderful sonorous voice and his self penned songs sound like they were written sometime last century.A couple of traditonal songs don't sound out of place and the whole record has a wonderful wistful feel about it.
Great sympathetic production by Steve Dawson never too intrusive big chunking choruses all the tunes are catchy as hell - even has the best song about the credit crunch so far -'All the money I had is gone' go buy these Deep Dark Woods.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The dark of winter, 13 Oct 2013
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Peter Hill ""yoghurtknitter"" (Waterville Ireland) - See all my reviews
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I'm a relative newcomer to this style of music whether it be country, alt-country or Americana and to be honest i don't really know where one genre ends and the other begins but this album certainly straddles these styles effortlessly (it's even folky at times) and i can't imagine it gets much better than this?
It's a gentle/laid back album weaving songs of love, loss (a lot of that), life and money and gets better on each & every play. Ryan has a perfectly wistful voice for these type of songs and the musical backing is excellent.
There are a couple of pure country offerings namely 'Nancy' & 'Two Time Loser' which are bouncy, catchy songs but most of the rest of the album is made up of sad ballads/laments. They're all penned by the band members bar one i.e 'When first into this country' but you wouldn't know it was anything other than one of their own songs.
There's some lovely pedal steel guitar throughout, emphasizing the country feel, plus occasional keyboards too. They even nearly get rocky (well almost) on the 8+ minute closer 'The sun never shines'.
I'm finding one track 'Polly' difficult to like (not too sure why) but apart from that the album is excellent and I shall certainly be searching out their other albums.
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