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This review is from: Glory Hope Mountain (Audio CD)
The second album proper from Ontario's The Acorn is a delicate & intelligent affair.
This band have been tarred with the brush of 'Indie Folk' up until now, but this record should break them out of that pigeon hole quite nicely. I don't know what it is about Canadian bands of recent years, maybe it's the expansive horizons of their homeland, but there is a definite tendency towards the epic in production (see Arcade Fire, Besenard Lakes et al) and `Glory Hope Mountain' is no exception. 'The Flood Pt1' especially has a scope about it that evokes wide open spaces and 'Antenna' even verges in to Ryan Adams territory.
Whilst the Fire have explored ground previously occupied by Bruce Springsteen of late, The Acorn's influences are certainly more introspective.
Lead singer / songwriter Rolf Klausener is in possession not only a beautifully emotive, quavering voice (certainly chanelling at least one Buckley), but an expert ear for a melody & choice lyric. If you're a fan of Iron & Wine and / or Bright Eyes, this is a record you should give serious consideration to.