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Palace of Gold

Blue Rodeo Audio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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1. Palace Of Gold
2. Holding On
3. Homeward Bound Angel
4. Bulletproof
5. Comet
6. Walk Like You Don't Mind
7. Love Never Lies
8. Stage Door
9. Cause For Sympathy
10. What A Surprise
11. Clearer View
12. Glad To Be Alive
13. Find A Way To Say Goodbye
14. Tell Me Baby

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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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4.0 out of 5 stars It takes a few listens Jan. 14 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Like some of the other reviews here deriding this album, I was not impressed ... at first. Although listenable, the first seven songs seem done before with the obligatory politcal statement "Palace of Gold" being one of their weakest songs in recent recordings. But when I put this album on again for the first time in a few months, I as able to truly appreciate the quality in the remaining songs. Beginning with "Stage Door", the use of the horns and violins added a refreshing new mix to the already unique BR sound. In particular, "Stage Door" and "What a Surprise" integrates the new sound with strong melody to create two of the best recordings to come out of BR. It find it quite ironic that these two songs represent the best efforts on this album since I am generally a Jim Cuddy fan. But in recent albums, I am finding more often that Greg Keelor has created the unique melody and lyrics in his songs that I usually expect from Jim. If you have not heard the previous album, check out "bitter fruit", "andrea", "this road" and especially "rage". Overall, the CD is worth getting if you are a BR fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Truly Incredible Record Oct. 19 2002
Format:Audio CD
For a band like Blue Rodeo to really grab my attention at this stage of their career, they'd have to put out something completely incredible. After all, for any Canadian kid growing up in the late-80's to mid-90's Jim Cuddy, Greg Keelor and company were a continual part of the Canadian music scene. Whether is was slow dancing to Try, losing yourself in Lost Together or yelling along to Hasn't Hit Me Yet, every rock or country fan of the north probably has at least one Blue Rodeo album kicking around their collection. So many, such as I once did, might feel that the band's glory days are over and they'd fade away into the twilight of their career as a band.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Album From a Great Band Nov. 30 2002
Format:Audio CD
Blue Rodeo has done it again. This time the vision is more expansive than ever, aided by The Planet Soul Strings, The Bushwhack Horns, and Bob Egan's expressive guitar. The result is the fusion of great songwriting we've come to expect from Jim Cuddy and Greg Keelor, the heartfelt playing of the band itself, and a more lavish production style.
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.
It's priceless.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Palace of Great Songs Jan. 31 2003
Format:Audio CD
Having been a long tome fan of Blue Rodeo, I
can only offer that they continue to put out
great music. They have long been one of the
best bands to record & tour.
I highly recommend this CD, and if you ever
get the chance to see them in concert you
will be very pleased you did.
Palace of Gold offers the terrific song
writing of Greg Kellor & Jim Cuddy.
Cuddy's voice is pure Gold as evidenced
by this lastest effort,from the rocky
Walk Like You Don't Mind to the soulful
This is a must for anyone who enjoys < intelligent lyrics in their music!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! Incredible! Stunning! Nov. 28 2002
Format:Audio CD
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. They are simply trying something new and different. Growing with their fans and keeping up with the changes in today's musical options without losing their beautiful harmonies and emotional pulses. I cannot recommend it highly enough... If I have listened to it once I have listened to it a 100 times... at least a dozen in the first 3 days... it is marvelous... absolutely marvelous...
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5.0 out of 5 stars from one of Canada's best... Jan. 28 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
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 shows) to help fill out their sound and it works very well. Long-time fans won't be disappointed, and this album should help convert those not already into the band. A great album by one of Canada's best bands.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT stuff !!!!!
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Resounding Return
After the disappointing The Days In Between, Blue Rodeo did the greatest hits deal, and added horns to the mix for the first time on a couple new tracks. Read more
Published on Jan. 8 2011 by LeBrain
5.0 out of 5 stars Another wonderful effort by a great bunch of guys!
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 more
Published on Sept. 25 2003 by OSErr
2.0 out of 5 stars Too many chiefs, not enough indians
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 more
Published on Aug. 23 2003 by Brian Kious
4.0 out of 5 stars Something new on an already great sound.
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
Published on July 29 2003 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars They did it again!
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 more
Published on Jan. 23 2003 by V. Crossman
2.0 out of 5 stars Wish I just saw the show
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 more
Published on Dec 16 2002 by henry pank
2.0 out of 5 stars I love Blue Rodeo BUT
I disagree strongly with the previous writers. This is my favorite band. Period. I really think they've lost their inspiration this time around. Read more
Published on Nov. 20 2002
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