Palace of Gold
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Many years on and Jim Cuddy and Greg Keelor still function superbly as co-singer-songwriters, the former creating wide-eyed pop, the latter twangy country. And they still approach each record as a chance to stretch. Even longtime fans will find appreciable differences in sound on Palace of Gold, notably in the abundance of horns. While the group claims to have been gunning for a Stax vibe, several songs--Keelor's languid, trumpet-tweaked "What a Surprise" for instance--are more Herb Alpert than Otis Redding. Cuddy, the more versatile of the two, weighs in on both ends of the musical spectrum. The plaintive ballad "Bulletproof" is pure emotion while "Walk Like You Don't Mind" sounds like a fantastically hip outtake from Grease. As with past efforts, the tracks tend to be evenly split between the two singers, and each gets terrific support from the band. James Gray's organ on "Glad to Be Alive" adds testimonial fever to an otherwise straight-up country-pop declaration, while ex-Wilco multi-instrumentalist Bob Egan graffitis mandolin and steel guitar across these various tracks. Cuddy's "Love Never Lies"--a knock-kneed acoustic weepy--comes closest to marrying his and Keelor's divergent sensibilities, throwing in a string section for good measure. And people worship the Hip....--Kim Hughes
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Palace of Gold is the album that followed and it also has horns and strings added to the sound. The end result was a rejuvanated Blue Rodeo, more happy-go-lucky in general this time out, sounding excited to be playing again.
The opening track "Palace of Gold" is a Greg rocker with some floaty catchy keys from James Gray. Glenn Milchem's drums propel the song forward excitedly. This is followed by a cool mid-tempo Jim song that reminded me of some of the material on his first solo album. This song, "Holding On", in addition to being really catchy also contains some of Jim's trademark introspective lyrics.
Some tasty mandolin work introduces Greg's "Homeward Bound Angel", another uptempo track. Horns are introduced here for the first time on Palace of Gold. This is now three standout songs in a row, but that's just a preface to "Bulletproof", a slow-burner Jim ballad and first single. Similar in style and tempo to previous ballads like "Try" or "After the Rain", "Bulletproof" is not as immediate. After a few listens, you won't be able to get Jim's mournful chorus out of your head. It is backed by lush strings.
Reverb intrudices "Comet", the first song that is below standard. It is a trippy psychedelic Greg tune with what sounds like therimin, and strings.Read more ›
Then this summer I wandered on down with my family to a show Blue Rodeo did in Toronto. My expectations were pretty low, play a couple of the old tunes, try to wow me with some new stuff and I'll head on home and forget about the band. But when Cuddy, Keelor and company launched into the new stuff off their then upcoming album, I was immediately impressed. These country-rock boys brought out a horn-section and orchestra and launched into their new stuff with such confidence that I immediately new I would be buying their next record.
Palace Of Gold was that record and it is simply put the best thing the band has put out. Much like Five Days In July, Palace Of Gold's highpoints come when the band sticks to a slow, mellow groove that on this album is added to by a lush sounding orchestra and horn background that adds a depth to the band's sound that hasn't been heard before. Bulletproof, the first single, is that rare commodity in today's music scene, a slow orchestral ballad that doesn't come across as sappy. Stage Door manages the same trick with the song's confessional lyrics sounding real and honest.Read more ›
The songs are what ultimately matter here. The band covers a lot of territory from heartbreaking ballads like "Bulletproof","Love Never Lies", and "Tell Me Baby"; to the rockers "Walk Like You Don't Mind" and "Clearer View"; to soulful tunes like "Glad to Be Alive" and "Find a Way to Say Goodbye". It's the kind of album you want to hear whether you're stuck in traffic or driving on the open road.
Most recent customer reviews
If you like Blue Rodeo like I do then you'll probably love this one too. It is a good one.Published on Aug. 8 2012 by Ballsy
I've been listening to Blue Rodeo since the 80's and have seen them a number of times live. This album is a very good effort and while not every cut can be considered a... Read morePublished on Sept. 25 2003 by OSErr
This is not the first album that Blue Rodeo has produced. They have had the credit with the stellar 1994 release "Five Days in July". Read morePublished on Aug. 23 2003 by Brian Kious
The boys have added strings and horns to their sound on this album
and have got the mixture just right on most of the songs. Read more
Having been a long tome fan of Blue Rodeo, I
can only offer that they continue to put out
great music. Read more
This album is a bit of a change for Blue Rodeo, but still a great, consistent record. By no means is the change bad, the band has added horns on this album (and to their live... Read morePublished on Jan. 28 2003
They sound a little different with some instrumental additions, but they still manage to come out with tunes that wrench at your soul and uplift it at the same time... Read morePublished on Jan. 23 2003 by V. Crossman
Every time I see Blue Rodeo at the Commodore, I buy the latest CD. Loved their last show but boy was this album a dissappointment. Read morePublished on Dec 16 2002 by henry pank
I have loved this group from the first time I heard Try... they never disppoint, I cannot imagine how anyone who claims to be a fan could find the slightest fault with it. Read morePublished on Nov. 28 2002 by Silver_Babs
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