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Album Review

When it comes to famous names of famous bands, one always wonders: Did the band's name always sound cool, or did it just sound cool once they hit the big time? The Corb Lund Band doesn't really have the catchy ring of a Lynyrd Skynyrd or Aerosmith, but it's easy to get the feeling after listening to the first couple of cuts that it soon will. The band's modus operandi is fairly simple: three- to four-minute songs, tight country-rock arrangements, and laid-back lyrics sung by a laid-back vocalist. The fairly short song lengths on bouncy pieces like "No Roads Here" and "Apocalyptic Modified Blues" guarantee that the listener will still be paying attention when the song ends, while the taut arrangements of boogie bonanzas like "Expectation and the Blues" and "Roughest Neck Around" give both pieces drive and pizzazz. Corb Lund himself handles the guitar work and lead vocals, and he handles both exceptionally well. He's also managed to match the lyrics of songs like "Buckin' Horse Rider" to the country-rock arrangements, meaning they tumble out in the most natural way. All 12 songs are good songs, with a good mix of tempos and enough fluctuation in style (a touch of Tex-Mex here, some honky tonk there) to keep the listener listening. The Corb Lund Band also deserves credit for crafting "Time to Switch to Whiskey," a song guaranteed to promote irresponsible behavior. Five Dollar Bill gives notice that good country music with a touch of rock is still available: One just has to go to Canada to get it. ~ Ronnie D. Lankford Jr., Rovi

Customer Reviews

Living in Alberta...

This is a wonderfully authentic Alberta album. From the beauty of the prairies in "Short Native Grasses" to the rough and ready "Roughest Neck Around", the spirit of Alberta is captured by Corb Lund's descriptive lyrics and his band's catchy licks and country / folk rhythm. It's a surprise, and merits a listen. It's rare enough for an album to come out west of the Atlantic provinces with a distinctive Canadian flavour, and this one, made by an Albertan for an Alberta audience, should be required listening for all Canadians. Not that it wouldn't play well in Texas...

You owe it to yourself to buy this album. No guff.

This is a country album that cuts through genres, much like many of Johnny Cash's work does. I know cowboys and 'heads and jazz afficianados who all dig this album. Great country grooves coupled with great lyrics. Better with each listen too.

Way Awesome

I've listened to country music as far back as i can remember, and this band is one of the top 3 in my brain. rock on, corb lund band!!!!


Born: Taber, Alberta, Canada

Genre: Country

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Corb Lund is a Canadian roots-country singer/songwriter whose third album, Five Dollar Bill (2002), established him as a favorite among critics. Prior to his mainstream breakthrough, he was a member of the Smalls, a punk rock band from Edmonton that never attained commercial success but was a regional favorite during the 1990s. Born in Alberta, where he grew up on his family's farm in the small town of Taber, Lund moved to Edmonton to study music at Grant MacEwan Community College. In 1990 he co-founded...
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