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Since debuting with their 2006 self-titled EP, Born Ruffians have been pleasantly chameleonic: never quite setting up camp in a specific place but instead orbiting around an essential core of hook-friendly songwriting with deceptively mature musicianship. On Birthmarks, some familiar Ruffians elements make appearances. The staunchly syncopated "Needle" and "6-5000" pay homage to their last effort, Say It. However, the inclusion of synthesizers, vocal processing, and some more meditative arrangements like "So Slow" see the Ruffians in new territory. They straddle this line consistently throughout the album—"With Her Shadow" has shades of a reserved Bruce Springsteen, while "Too Soaked to Break" visits a recurring Italo-disco arpeggio between verses. For all their gamut-running, Born Ruffians combine their various influences in a way that's wholly unique, growing ever more like themselves.

Customer Reviews

Well, it'a something.

I was extremely stoked for this album, like really stoked. Well, it wasn't what I expected or wanted. I'll give it to you, it's all right, just not fantastic. This album shifted into the common pop indie feel. Don't get me wrong, I'm a huge fan. Red Yellow and Blue is one of my all time favorite albums. But, this album doesn't even hold a candle to Red Yellow and Blue. It's like it's lost that feel. It seems to have scrapped the gritty vocals with beautiful lyrics for a clean general sound. Sure, might get a radio hit that all the hollow high- waisted "hipster" girls will claim to be the "soundtrack to their life". But it won't be that album that confused teens reach for to make sense of their hectic sexually frustrated existence like Red Yellow and Blue was. I still love Born Ruffians, I just hope the next album is better.


I've been a huge fan of thee guys for years now and I think this is their most impressive release to date. The flow between songs and the musical connections that go on between them is amazing. The production is a total twist from what I expected but is an incredible compliment to their infectious sound. This album is great for anyone anywhere and is sure to get you up and movie' !!!

Stepped into a creative puddle...

and came out swimmingly! I've been a Born Ruffians fan for a few years now and this album is just as good as the others. If you're a new fan, start with this album and then get the rest! Also check out Luke Lalonde's (lead singer) solo album "Rhythymnals"
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Formed: 2002 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Delivering a playful variety of indie rock that weaves shifting guitar patterns though spare, hooky melodies and sweet but snarky vocals, Born Ruffians are a band that was formed in Midland, Ontario, Canada in 2002 by guitarist and singer Luke LaLonde, his cousin Mitch DeRosier on bass and vocals, and drummer Steve Hamelin. Originally named Mornington Drive (the group self-released an EP under that handle, though LaLonde claims he doesn't have a copy), the three musicians moved to Toronto in 2004,...
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