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  • Audio CD (19 Feb. 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Jagjaguwar
  • ASIN: B000M06KCA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 105,266 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Disaster
2. For Agent 13
3. And You Lied To Me
4. Devastation
5. Because Tonight
6. Rides The Rails
7. On Bedford and Grand
8. Cedric's War

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The first truly great album of 2007 is upon us. The Besnard Lakes are a Canadian band who like compatriots The Arcade Fire are deliciously difficult to pigeonhole so I won't bother. Except to say that if you conjured up Mercury Rev covering Fleetwood Mac in the style of My Bloody Valentine then you would only get half way to describing the sound this band make.

Lead by Jake Lasek whose vocals veer from lighter under the bollocks falsetto to cavernous depthsthis band also includes his wife Olga Goreas who provides sultry vocal backing and vocals for"Devastation" .They also recruit Sophie Trudeau from God Speed You Black Emporer to play violins on a couple of tracks and this band also share some their more progressive tendencies. Using a bewildering array of instrumentation including synthesizer, organ, glockenspiel saxophone, horns, strings and for" Devastation" a choir The Bernard Lakes take every song on the album to some tumultuous peak where the music makes an audacious sidestep. "And You Lied To Me" reaches a point around two thirds in where

the guitars suddenly begin their version of a duel at dawn, slashing across each other like six stringed Light sabres in a display of virtuoso playing not equalled since The Butthole Surfers "Hairway To Steven".

Yet opening track "Disaster "despite its portentous title is a creamy reverb drenched pop wonder and hearing that alone would give you a wonderful if slightly disingenuous overview of the bands oeuvre. "For

Agent 13" the husband and wife dominate a slow liquefying of chords and notes that sounds like some kind of orgasmic transmutation.
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I picked up on this band through a download of Chicago public radio's review of their work and couldn't get the sound out of my head, now being a suspicious old grey head of many a band that didn't stand up to detailed listening, I visited trusty Amazon and chose out of habit an earlier work, see where they were coming from- thus- The Dark Horse.
My first feeling was `Ohh dear, too impulsive in that purchase. S' quality but not quite to my tastes' But a little later... let's not be hasty in the judgements, I says, so I resolved to listen to it again... and again... and again. Yep! It grows on one, very quickly indeed
Oh man this is quality and no mistake! And for once I'm not too sure where to start. There are haunting voices, drifting in and out of the music, which is a beautiful textured sound of guitars, keyboards (of many sorts) strings and steady percussion. It is difficult to separate one song out for praise because the whole work runs seamlessly in a journey through a rich, uneasy landscape. Now I've been a veteran of a few of this sort and am pleased to report this one is not depressing. Besnard Lakes have found a balance between captivating their audience and entertaining them (not a dirty phrase in my book!).
It is hard to avoid an instinctive urge to compare Besnard Lakes with Arcade Fire (Canadian, adventurous, many layered), but on deeper listening Besnard Lakes are their own band, slower, quieter. Thankfully there is room in anyone's world for both bands.
I'm late on finding them, but intend to make up for lost time
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I discovered this band when checking the recommends associated with Camera Obscura on Napster. I think. This album is different (it really is!) and one of the most interesting I have heard in a while and very accessible. Vocal harmonies, edgey stuff with some great guitar sound judiciously used. Reminds me a little of Hal. Lead singer cites Yes as one of his influences / fave bands! Kudos. Devastation is a fantastic track.
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