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Album Review

The Arkells aim for the cheap seats on their big, boisterous third album, High Noon. Working with L.A. heavyweight Tony Hoffer (Beck, Phoenix, M83), the two-time Juno Award-winning rockers from Hamilton, Ontario have made what is easily their most commercially minded and immediate-sounding record. It's a logical progression following 2011's Michigan Left, which dialed down some of the rock heft from their 2009 debut, replacing it with bits of slightly more complex pop ornamentation. On High Noon, both the Springsteen-style stadium rockers and the modern pop synth bits have been dramatically emphasized to mixed results. One one hand, the Arkells are by no means some high-minded indie art band. They are outspoken and ambitious, and make no bones about their quest to rule the Provinces, and with tracks like the huge, politically charged opener "Fake Money" and the infectious piano-organ jam "Cynical Bastards," they very well might succeed. The bold strokes of those songs and the strong melodies of tracks like lead single "Never Thought That This Would Happen" play to the band's major strengths. There are times, though, when High Noon feels a little too injected and the heavy-handed production works against them. "11:11" and "Dirty Blonde" play a bit too hard on the trendy '80s fetish, though "Come to Light" (whose drum pattern is an awfully close cousin to Don Henley's "Boys of Summer") manages to use this to its advantage. In the end, it's clear that the Arkells want to be a big band and they've put themselves out there in a big way with High Noon.

Customer Reviews

The Arkells are the best rock band you’ve never heard of

A brilliant mix of motown soul, Bruce Springsteen, and 80s New Wave. The 3rd album is these guys at their peak! I love it!

Great Album

Loved the album. Has a nostalgic feeling you don't find anymore. This is good music plain and simple

5-Star Band

Great Music by a Great Band!!!


Formed: 2006 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Juno Award-winning Canadian rockers Arkells, named after the Hamilton, Ontario street on which they rehearsed, formed in 2006. They self-released their debut EP, Deadlines, in 2007 before seeing it reissued the following year on the Canadian independent label Dine Alone. The band's first long-player, Jackson Square, arrived in 2008, and resulted in a 2010 Juno Award for New Group of the Year. It was followed in 2011 by their sophomore outing and major-label debut, Michigan Left, which earned the...
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