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Five Days in July Import
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Toronto-based Blue Rodeo was purveying its own alternately sunny, grizzled mix of country and rock before the alternative country boomlet made it fashionable. This self-produced 1993 album, recorded mostly live at the band's farm, brought them fans partly because of the alternative country trend, partly because the set was more lyrical and explicit in its country accents. As transparent, and unapologetic, Neil Young fans, this was Blue Rodeo's Harvest, distinguished by the poles of its songwriting and singing team, Jim Cuddy and Greg Keelor. Cuddy's clear, soaring tenor provides a romantic foil for Keelor's smokier, rougher-edged vocals, and together they write brooding rock ballads (""5 Days in May""), ringing, deceptively up-tempo loser's anthems (""Hasn't Hit Me Yet""), and convincing country ballads (""Bad Timing""), as well as spacier rock dirges (""What Is This Love,"" featuring Sarah McLachlan). --Sam Sutherland
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Although I also enjoy their more rockin stuff, I think this CD is their best, most consistent, and well-rounded... (though I still have a soft spot for their magical first CD... although now somewhat dated...except for "Try").
It gets five stars just for that, but in reality it is just a tremendously enjoyable album running through rock and ballads effortlessly and smoothly.
Excellent songs, great playing and singing from a fine Canadian band. Cheers!!
This album definitely represents a more deliberately acoustic approach to their music, although they certainly weren't afraid of country-fying things here and there on previous releases, and this one certainly wasn't purely unplugged (e.g., Greg Keelor's blistering solo on "Five Days in May"). However, when I first listened to it (and watched the accompanying "Ear to the Ground" TV special on CBC), I definitely got the impression they were trying to break out of a 'great-album-followed-by so-so-album' rut that their first four releases represented. They did that, and how! Listening to the album, you can almost smell the hay in the barn where they did the recording. More important than this backdrop, they put together an amazing set of songs and performances, supplemented by wonderful cameos by people like Sarah McLachlan and Colin Linden. At least to my ears, they have never looked back since.
There's a nice mix of ballads and uptempo rock/alt country numbers, and the guys are great musicians. I actually think that this CD has a nicer mix/balance of tempos than Casino, the other Blue Rodeo disk I own. There are some terrific guitar bits on this disk (and on Casino). Jim Cuddy's voice is in fine form, and I found I liked Greg Keelor's vocals more than I did on Casino. What's even better is that with the exception of Til I Can Gain Control Again, Cuddy and Keelor write all Blue Rodeo's songs.
If you like rock/alt country, -- or maybe even if you don't, and you just appreciate great songs, this album is a must! I know that I've fallen in love with this band, and now I'm going to try to get the rest of their CDs.
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