Broken Side Of Time
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is the second album I have by Alberta Cross and it is really good..so good I also bought it for a friend. Can't think of a bad track on the album.Published on 29 May 2010 by Mr. S. J. Anderson
The band's eagerly awaited debut album, following the seven track demo album of 2008, entitled "The Thief and the Heartbreaker". Read morePublished on 10 Nov. 2009 by Boy Moggy
Not the beautiful sparkle and jangle of their EP, but still stunning. Alberta Cross just got majestic and heavy! Read morePublished on 23 Sept. 2009 by P. Greenhaff