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Album Review

Picking up where 1998's Phantom Power release left off, charming Canadian fivesome the Tragically Hip continue with their signature infectious tunes on their eighth studio album Music @ Work. Sensible songsmith and frontman Gordon Downie is classic in hitting upon notable issues and figures, and cites verses from John Cage on the temperamental track "Tiger the Lion." "The Bastard" and "Freak Turbulence" are both intimidating in the fact that the band does not let go emotionally or physically when churning out smashing percussion drives and swirling guitar riffs. "Toronto #4" is a little wispy. Perhaps that's why the Tragically Hip can make it playing arenas. Only attitude can get you that far. Look at U2 and R.E.M.

Customer Reviews

The Greatest band of all time!

The Hip are not like other bands you may have heard and called good. They don't write and sing songs that are like other bands' songs. They infuse their music with a meaning and literacy and sense of history that you really don't find anywhere else. And yet, they're songs that you can't help but listen to over and over and over on long road trips. I did just such a thing recently on a trip from Seattle to Boise and back, playing "Lake Fever" countless times on the 1100 mile journey. It's worth spending the money for the whole album, just to see what other joys they can bring you from an undiscovered gem that you may have heard before, but never really noticed the first 20 times you listened. This is a band that grows on you slowly, until they take over your entire consciousness without you even realizing that it has happened.

Not so Tragic

The Hip's intellectual lyrics and catchy rhythm's grap you and take you for a ride...Not their best album but still pretty good


Music @ Work has a special place in my heart. Every song on this album is worthy of repeated listening. Even now 15 years since it's release I often think of songs on this collection and sing them to myself. I especially like how Lake Fever melds into Putting Down. The Tragically Hip have a special association between each other that sort of exudes itself as they play out on Putting Down. Listen and enjoy! God bless you.


Formed: 1983 in Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

While hugely popular in their native Canada, the Tragically Hip found the global charts continually resistant to their blues-influenced pop fare. Formed in 1984 in Kingston, Ontario, the band comprised childhood friends Gordon Downie (vocals), Bobby Baker (guitar), Paul Langlois (guitar), Gord Sinclair (bass), and Johnny Fay (drums). The bandmembers took their name from a Michael Nesmith video entitled Elephant Parts, and focused on making a name for themselves on the local scene during the mid-'80s....
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