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Album Review

The opening moments of Canada's This Cursed House feature a wonderfully captured field recording that seamlessly disintegrates into "Beige Stationwagon," a track that could easily fit into any of fellow Michiganian (none of the members of the group are actually from Canada) Fred Thomas' projects (Flashpapr, Saturday Looks Good to Me) or even his own solo efforts. With a blend of pop, folk, and country, This Cursed House keeps an even keel with amazing melodies and even more engaging instrumentation, never becoming tiresome or trite in its mission to craft the perfect pop song. The album is well sequenced, with each song tying into the next with great ease and helping to form a narrative of heartbreak, introspection, and the inevitable optimism reached at the journey's end. Fans of fellow Ann Arbor group Great Lakes Myth Society will easily slip into this record and find it a wonderful soundtrack for lazy autumn days. It could very well be the best pop album to come out of the ever-fruitful Detroit music scene in 2006, and considering the quality of the competition, that's no small praise.


Formed: 18 November 2004 in Ann Arbor, MI

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

Seven-piece chamber folk-pop band Canada began in late 2004 when a group of friends gathered in a basement and later a farm to write what would soon become the How Dare You EP and the debut full-length This Cursed House, released on Quite Scientific Records. The latter, released in June 2006, was recorded on a soundboard used in the early '80s to mix segments of the original Star Wars films. The Ann Arbor, MI, troupe — multi-instrumentalists Steven Rajewski, Joe Scott, Amy Sumerton, Eileen...
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  • £7.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Pop, Pop/Rock
  • Released: 09 September 2006

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