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On his stunning debut, Sam Roberts churns out an irresistible take on heartland guitar rock, from the boot-stomping beat of the opener, "Hard Road," to the Beatlesque shuffle of "Paranoia." We're particularly fond of the sweet, handclapping groove on the thoroughly danceable "Brother Down," not to mention the mesmerizing violin on the achingly romantic psychedelic love song "Taj Mahal." Like most instruments featured on the album, the track was played by Roberts himself.

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Sam Roberts

Is alright in my book

Several Good Songs….

When I first heard his music, it was a concert on the repetitious and not so premium Palladia channel. It was great concert. Which ever members were in the band that night were stellar. I think he and Caleb Followill are two of the better writers out there. This LP and Chemical City have a bunch of songs worth checking out. Subjective.

Lyrics rarely have a voice in my reviews
I prefer not to state whether one band sounds like another


This is an incredible album and I have no idea why this never got air play in the U.S.


Born: October 2, 1974 in Westmount, Quebec, Canada

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 point, 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...
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