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On their third album, The Strumbellas’ huge folk-rock sound is rendered even huger. While their past LPs were rooted in a decidedly down-home aesthetic—like a bunch of old friends playing in a corner bar—Hope feels like a shot at the stars. On rustic-hued tunes such as “We Don’t Know” and “Spirits,” singer Simon Ward aches on lines like, “I’ll be a dreamer 'til the day I die/But they say, ‘Oh, how the good die young,'” before the six-piece band explodes in a gorgeous, chill-inducing chorus of piano, guitar, strings, claps, stomps, and fervent group singing. That’s the record’s strength again and again—compellingly written songs, expert arrangements, swelling emotion, and the beauty of many voices becoming one.

Customer Reviews

High Hopes so far

I really like Spirits I hope the rest of the album is just as good.

Second single even better

I was hesitant with the first single. I ended up buying it because it grew on me and I realized that it was a super catchy and good song. Shovels and Dirt is even better. It's much more Americana and less over-produced than Spirits. Totally digging it.
Oh and, to the comment from "thinkman," their band name is one of the better band names of the last 15-20 years. You don't know what you're talking about. Maybe you need to think more man.


Never listened to this band but they got me listening to them now!!!


Formed: 2008 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

A Juno award-winning sextet from Toronto who generate a spirited blend of folk, pop, alt-country, and indie rock that they dub "folk popgrass," the Strumbellas were founded in 2008 by head songwriter, vocalist, and guitarist Simon Ward, keyboardist/vocalist David Ritter, lead guitarist Jon Hembrey, violinist Isabel Ritchie, bass player Darryl James, and drummer Jeremy Drury. Invoking names like the Lumineers and Mumford & Sons, the group issued their eponymous debut EP in 2009, followed by a series...
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