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Sweet Homewrecker

Thrush Hermit

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Album Review

Thrush Hermit don't completely fit in the hard rock or post-grunge category — they've got a punk attitude to their sound, especially on Rob Benvie's tracks — and on Sweet Homewrecker, their confusion is evident. Their lyrics are sometimes awkward, sometimes quite clever; songs range from pop-rock to heavy guitar-based rock. The single "North Dakota" was probably considered too "heavy" for most U.S. alternative stations in 1997 (though it did well in Canada); nonetheless, it's a rock anthem circa 1978. Overall, the album feels unfocused and uneven rather than eclectic, and the band seems to be searching for their own sound. However, tracks like "At My Expense," "Noosed and Haloed Swear Words," "Heart Wrenching Man" and "Without You?" make Sweet Homewrecker worthwhile — and give a glimpse of where the band was headed next.

Customer Reviews

Fine Rocking from early Joel Plaskett

Even though you'll have to skip the songs penned by Benvie (3, 5, 7, 9, 11) this cd is well worth the purchase for the Joel Plaskett songs. He is a rare songwriter in that he doesn't seem to have evolved - he was writing great songs even in the very beginning of his career.

Skip The Life, Heart Wrenching Man, and I'm sorry if Your Heart Has No More Room (covered by Superchunk live) are three songs you will be adding to your favorite playlists.

If you are lucky enough to find the other two Hermit releases - Smart Bomb and especially the excellant Clayton Park - buy them.

Biography

Formed: 1992 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s

Compared to fellow Halifax bands Sloan and the Super Friendz, Thrush Hermit is the only one that could be called a hard rock band. Their heavy guitar sound, wailing and pouty vocals, and obvious love for '70s album rock and punk sets them apart from the others — who are known for their melodies and wistful musings, not their aggression and raw energy. Thrush Hermit was formed in 1992 by Joel Plaskett (vocals/guitar), Rob Benvie (guitar/keyboards/vocals), Ian McGettigan (bass/vocals), and Cliff...
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