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Customer Reviews

Another awesome album!!

I am a huge fan of Justin, have all his albums and have seen him perform live once (would go again & again if he comes back to Vancouver) & this album does not disappoint. Again the songs are heartfelt and like stories that can be heard over and over.

No bangers all hangers

Justin Rutledge’s seventh studio album since 2004’s No Never Alone is an interesting exploration for the artist. Having begun his troubadorism heavy on storytelling and thumping guitars (The Suffering of Pepe O’Malley pt. 3; Too Sober To Sleep), we see him here begin to explore the world of sound and musically-driven songs rather than epic tales of urban frontierism set to backing music. The lyrics on East are simple (at times too simple), but after the sweeping pastoral choruses of The Great Ascension followed by the stark and damning affectations of Blue Jeans, it becomes clear the album is meant to be enjoyed as a meditation. Soft, winking guitar riffs just leading enough to suggest the vocals forward. There’s never any real danger in the album, but that’s not why we’re here. This album is a lullabye, and works well to that effect. Still no Suffering part two (part one was very graciously sung on request one fateful night at an intimate Toronto show where J.Rut was foolish enough to take requests and gracious enough to play it). PS. The album closer Queen Street Lost evokes warm honest memories of NNA and the honesty of a man and a guitar. This would have been a great studio treatment.

I adore this album

I first heard Justin's The Great Ascension on the radio while waking up. I literally jumped out of bed to find out who was singing it, and preordered the album. It's wonderful!


Born: 1978 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '00s

An Alt-Country singer/songwriter from Toronto, Justin Rutledge (born 1978) earned critical praise for his literate, rootsy sound. Signed to Six Shooter records, Rutledge released his debut album, No Never Alone, to UK critical applause in 2005. The former editor-in-chief of a literary journal soon found his star rising in Canada, where he was named singer/songwriter of the year in Toronto's Now Magazine. In 2006, Rutledge released his follow-up to No Never Alone, entitled The Devil On A Bench In...
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