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Editors’ Notes

Sam Roberts makes a bold move on his fifth album—and his second as The Sam Roberts Band—enlisting the production help of Youth (a.k.a. Martin Glover). Youth's credits include founding postpunks Killing Joke, producing The Verve’s Urban Hymns, and performing with The Orb. Here, Roberts and Youth take a page from the Arcade Fire playbook and ramp up the dance-floor grooves, with earth-shaking bass lines and mammoth synths bringing a super-glitzy production to life. A week of intense pre-production in Montreal led to a serious material overhaul and a demand that songs hit with immediacy. The resulting tracks jump out of the speakers in ways designed to ignite the party and potentially confuse longtime fans. Yet no matter how much production flash there is, songs such as “Never Enough,” “We’re All in This Together," and “Human Heat” still work as songs; if anything, the electric touches bring the hooks more alive. For adventurous souls, there are serious remixes thrown in as bonus material. Just hearing the various remixes of “We’re All in This Together” sheds insight into how elastic The Sam Roberts Band have become. 

Customer Reviews

Great album

I picked up the vinyl version which has a bonus track and completely different running order. I'm not sure which version is better. I would love to hear the band version of Counting The Days which only appears as a remix.

Not that good....

I have never heard an artist try so hard to sound different in the studio than he does live. This album and Collider are perfect examples of this. Other than "Human Heat", "Were All In This Together , and "Kid Icarus", it is hard to call this rock music at all. In trying to break in the US, I guess Sam thinks Adult Contemporary is the way to go? It's not that the songs are bad... and it's not that Roberts has never played on the softer side before (he has a lot), but it unfortunatley, dominates the album. I just saw the band again last week and they are still are a Rock n' Roll band live... I just don't know what they are trying to acomplish in the studio.

Sam should probably stop hiring producers who try to mold the band into their vision and just stick to what he does best.
Oh, by the way, the remixes are all horrific...

Fantastic Album!

Discovered this band on iTunes. Metal Skin became my new driving jam, then the whole album just went on repeat. Ended up traveling down to San Diego to see them live, then back to the LA gig the next night, so I guess I'm officially a groupie now. A must see live band! Highly recommend this album.


Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Canadian singer/songwriter Sam Roberts released his first true debut in 2002, following a popular demo he had made in Montreal. Before that, he had been a violin player who eventually moved on to guitar and started a rock band with his friends. After getting a bit of coverage on MuchMusic, they decided to try their luck in Los Angeles. The band didn't get any positive reactions from record labels and disbanded in 1998, but that didn't stop Roberts from going back to Canada and beginning to write...
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