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Album Review

Beginning with the first of two two-part songs, this being titled "Like the Ocean, Like the Innocent," The Besnard Lakes Are the Roaring Night, even more than the group's first two albums, feels like the band's bid for some sort of new prog rock status now that the term is no longer a dirty word. (Not for nothing, perhaps, is one song later in the album called "And This Is What We Call Progress.") Certainly the combination of howling guitar and moody drones that kicks things off feels more than a little at home with Pink Floyd 1975, say, not to mention the high-pitched vocals of Jace Lasek, but the drums sound much more Dave Fridmann than Nick Mason. Call it Sigur Rós meets Supertramp in the end, perhaps most especially on the penultimate number, "Light Up the Night," with its keyboard-led opening moving into a slow, sweet-sounding swagger of an arrangement thanks again to a big beat and guitar chug, but the signs of that kind of sonic grandness, if not full-on grandiosity, abound. "Chicago Train" has distanced vocals and a lushly mournful string arrangement at the start, moving into hero-rock guitars that aren't "go nowhere" solos, and the whole is a full-bodied embrace of going big without regrets. "Albatross" may be the apotheosis of the whole approach, thanks to Olga Goreas' strong vocal performance and the whole pump-it-up, make-it-huge wallop becoming a powerful swoon, while her concluding turn on "The Lonely Moan," echoed words against a booming guitar burst before a final sweeping performance, also achieves great heights.

Customer Reviews

Be Patient....This Band Rocks!!

Stoner Rock? Prog Rock? Psychedelic Rock? Somewhere in there, but who cares...this band has my attention for sure!! Mellow and totally rocking at the same time. Right up my alley!! Give every song a chance. You'll end up loving every one after a few listens.

wait 4 it... wait 4 it... then love it.

As others have said, give it a chance. I agree 100%. Give it a chance to pull you in, then enjoy as your brain gets soaked in a murky stew of awesomeness! Also, imagine the vocal sound of the Beach Boys but with music that has noticable Pink Floyd influences... and lyrics without words like 'babes', 'hangin10', 'bikini', 'convertable chevy', 'surfboard', or 't-bird'. Sounds good right? Then this band is worth giving a chance.


Formed: 2001 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

The Besnard Lakes raise immediate comparisons to the Arcade Fire, but those are primarily due to accidents of geography and band chemistry: like the Arcade Fire, the Besnard Lakes are from Montreal and led by a married couple. That's largely where the similarities end, because if this Quebecois collective resembles any of its Canadian counterparts, it would be as an unexpectedly effective combination of the Dears' psychedelic pop hooks and the languid space rock ambience of early Broken Social Scene....
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