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Broken Side Of Time

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Product details

  • Audio CD (21 Sept. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ark Recordings
  • ASIN: B002HMCEQ2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 171,779 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Song Three Blues
  2. ATX
  3. Taking Control
  4. Old Man Chicago
  5. Broken Side of Time
  6. Rise from the Shadows
  7. City Walls
  8. The Thief & the Heartbreaker
  9. Leave Us and Forgive Us
  10. Ghost of City Life

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BBC Review

It is the year 1998. Jimmy Page and Robert Plant have just released Walking into Clarksdale, their second album as a duo. Touring in support of the record, the 70s titans are playing sets laden with all manner of Led Zeppelin goodies. The world responds with – at best – muted interest.

Skip forward one decade. Kings of Leon have just released the UK’s second-biggest-selling digital single of all time, a breathtakingly stupid piece of macho bluster called Sex on Fire. Led Zeppelin’s December 2007 reunion show (basically Page and Plant again, only with bassist John Paul Jones on board) has been decreed the best thing that has ever happened in all recorded history.

So you’ve got to hand it to Alberta Cross: they’ve got good timing.

Now is probably the first time in something like 35 years that a posse of hairy menfolk could get away virtually scot-free with big, twangy rock songs in which the only possible name for the object of one’s affections is a terse “woman”. Indeed, the very first line of the very first track on Broken Side of Time – the debut album from these New York-residing Londoners – runs thusly: “Woman, I pushed you more than I should”. It’s called Song Three Blues, and pretty much sets the tone for an album in which the worst aspects of 70s rock (near mind-boggling levels of musical and social conservatism) does constant battle with the most laudable (riffola-clad tunes so epic and yearning they make the average choir of angels sound like a washing machine breaking down).

The fact the weirder, prettier, more daring My Morning Jacket already exist does lead to awkward questions about the exact point of Alberta Cross. But then, Broken Side of Time harks back to the days when men were men, women were women and nobody really thought too much about the point of anything. That they’re a musical shoo-in in 2009 is possibly cause for alarm, but whatever: disengage brain, enjoy riffs, try not to forget girlfriend’s name. --Andrzej Lukowski

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Format: Audio CD
Bought this after reading a magazine review, and was blown away. Best rock album I've heard in a long time. Touches of Band of Horses, 'Northern Soul'-era Verve and Neil Young. Superb.
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Dont get me wrong i liked the band the first album is lovely and although i am fifty i got my young son into the band and we are going to see them in Birmingham in November.
However, i was realy looking forward to this after the great first small CD, problem is there is nothing on here which comes close to the first album. A lot of the tracks are loud and boring and they have lost the melody of the first album. They are trying to sound like modern day Kings Of Leon another band i used to like until the last 2 albums. No this doesnt do it for me i am looking forward to seeing them and i hope they play a lot of the first album
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OK. Their EP, Thief & Heartbreaker was stunning. Golden, shining; soaring sonic soup of sound which sent shivers up my spine and gave me goosebumps everytime I heard it. I had high expectations. Thank-you-thank-you Alberta Cross!! This is amazing. Take Neil Young, Pearl Jam and a heady dosage of Led Zepplin and you still can't appreciate how epic and yearning their tunes are. Beautiful.
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The Thief And The Heartbreaker EP and this CD showcase the magnicent talents of this new band. However, there is something more about this band that I hope will take them a long way. I saw a picture of them in, I think, Classic Rock Magazine, and it was Petter Ericson Stakee's hat, of all things, that just made me think "I'll give them a listen". I was glad I did. I saw them live at Dingwalls in Camden and they were marvellous (albeit ten minutes late) and took a packed club all the way with them from the start. Song Three Blues is an excellent starter, ATX sounds to these ears a bit like Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (which can only be good), the lilting Old Man Chicago instantly sounds like you've been wrapped in a blanket of loveliness, and they even did Rise From The Shadows, track 6, superbly live so showing that Stakee's voice is not autotuned. The title track is probably the highlight in a stunning set of songs. The Dave Matthews Band (themselves utterly wonderful, and brain achingly superb live), chose them to support them this year. DMB are no mugs; you would be a mug not to wrap yourselves in the loveliness of this band.
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The rich potential promised by the band's stunning EP "The Thief And The Heartbreaker" seems sadly to have largely dissipated as they power headlong into already over-congested heavy rock territory.

Unwisely trading texture for decibels, the subtlety and beauty of their earlier work seems but a distant memory on a selection of largely unmemorable rockers. Where previously Petter Ericson Stakee's unfeasibly high tenor ably complemented the poignancy of the songs themselves, this time it merely grates in submission to the overpowering demands of the material. Only the tracks that are already familiar from last time round genuinely pass muster.

After such a promising start, Alberta Cross seem in danger of becoming a band in search of an identity. Disappointing.
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