16 Songs, 1 Hour 24 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Things We Left Behind touches upon nearly every facet of Blue Rodeo’s expansive roots-rock sound. For a quarter-century, the Canadian combo has drawn upon early-‘70s-style country-rock for inspiration, with occasional nods towards Springsteen and Graham Parker. As before, singer/songwriters Jim Cuddy and Greg Keelor form the band’s creative nucleus, sharing a penchant for thoughtful lyrics and folk-derived melodies while remaining individual in style. Cuddy generally deals in sunny, pop-oriented fare like “Candice” and “Arizona Dust,” though “One More Night” matches a disturbing lyric with an upbeat tune. Keelor’s compositions are more melancholy, with an air of rustic bleakness about them — his “Don’t Let the Darkness” and the string-accented “Gossip” are especially effective mood pieces. While these songs are mostly on the succinct side, “Venus Rising” allows the band to stretch out and get noisy with a feedback-drenched guitar passage. Michael Boguski’s stirring gospel piano licks add the final touch to these evocative, heartfelt tracks.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Things We Left Behind touches upon nearly every facet of Blue Rodeo’s expansive roots-rock sound. For a quarter-century, the Canadian combo has drawn upon early-‘70s-style country-rock for inspiration, with occasional nods towards Springsteen and Graham Parker. As before, singer/songwriters Jim Cuddy and Greg Keelor form the band’s creative nucleus, sharing a penchant for thoughtful lyrics and folk-derived melodies while remaining individual in style. Cuddy generally deals in sunny, pop-oriented fare like “Candice” and “Arizona Dust,” though “One More Night” matches a disturbing lyric with an upbeat tune. Keelor’s compositions are more melancholy, with an air of rustic bleakness about them — his “Don’t Let the Darkness” and the string-accented “Gossip” are especially effective mood pieces. While these songs are mostly on the succinct side, “Venus Rising” allows the band to stretch out and get noisy with a feedback-drenched guitar passage. Michael Boguski’s stirring gospel piano licks add the final touch to these evocative, heartfelt tracks.

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