The Things We Left Behind-CD
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2009 two CD release from the Canadian Roots/Rock outfit. If you still remember why you fell in love with music in the first place, if you still recall discovering songs on an albums that you never knew existed because radio wasn't playing them, if you wondered if popular bands still cared about making great records then take the trip through The Things We Left Behind, Blue Rodeo's 2009 studio album. In their 25 year career, the band have sold over four million records, won an unprecedented five Juno awards as Group of the Year, been handed keys to the City of Toronto and been inducted onto Canada's Walk of Fame. But to them, the accolades and awards mean nothing compared to being musicians. Warner. 2009.
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Jim, Greg, Bazil, Glenn, and Bob Egan have returned (what happened to Bob Packwood?) with what may well be their best album since Five Days In July. A double CD and also a double LP, The Things We Leave Behind sounds like the young Blue Rodeo, the Blue Rodeo of the 90's, the Blue Rodeo that gave us those massive monumental songs.
I've been a fan of this band since the second album, and I've followed them with loyalty since first seeing them live in '91. Speaking personally I think the band peaked with Five Days (in 1993) and produced two more amazing studio records after that: the very underrated Nowhere To Here and the mellow Tremolo. Since then, there have been good albums, in particular 2002's Palace Of Gold, but nothing that blew me away like the 90's material.
That's all changed. The band has regained some kind of focus on The Things We Leave Behind. 16 songs, and I really can't say for sure that any of them are weak. There's more identity to each song this time, where on some of the previous albums the songs started to just fade together.
With a Blue Rodeo album you always know you're going to get some stellar playing, and indeed there are some spontaneous firecracker solos here as well and lots of great piano and keys. All that means nothing without good songs, and I hope this album does well enough that Blue Rodeo will be playing these songs live for a long time. Psychedelia, 60's rock, balladeering, even Beatles-like moments abound. For some reason I think John Lennon would like this album.
Best songs: Greg Keelor's title track, Jim Cuddy's "Last Light Left In Heaven".
Good work boys, can't wait to see you on the road! Five stars.
I think a lot of Blue Rodeo fans might find this disc a bit of stray from their usual but I really do recommend it. Listen to a few times, it's a grower.
Oh, if you havent seen Blue Rodeo live, you are missing one of the best concert experiences ever. Have seen them in stadiums, small venues and recently saw Jim and Greg play alone at a small bar in Halifax to promote this CD. Mindblowing and my best concert experience ever.
What you have here is a collection of 16 songs that are, excuse the cliché-instant classics. At times, it's hard not to think of The Beatles later works, or even Pink Floyd upon hearing "All The Things That Are Left Behind"; this song is atmospheric and grand. On a different note, Jim Cuddy's unique style is defined to a musical 'T' on "One Light Left In Heaven" and "In My Bones".
The truly great thing about Blue Rodeo is that they incorporate musical elements from the 1960's, the 1970's and folk music, yet there is a consistent current running through their music that's like a familiar river. After listening to this collection a number of times, I am thinking more and more that Greg Keelor bears a striking musical resemblance to Roger Waters ("Gossip", "Don't Let The Darkness In Your Head" and especially the song "You Said" bear this out) yet Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young come to mind on hearing "Wasted".Read more ›
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Another great CD from Blue Rodeo! I bought this shortly after the Greatest Hits CD as needed to have them in my collection.Published on Aug. 4 2013 by John Somerville
Typical Blue Rodeo sound and lyrics;some songs immediately jumped out at me after hearing them for the first time but after playing ALL tunes through several times,I realized that... Read morePublished on April 23 2010 by Garry Gulliver
I'm as huge a fan as anyone of this band and my expectations were high for this CD. This may explain in part my disappointment with Blue Rodeo's latest effort. Read morePublished on March 27 2010 by Claude W. Doucet
I've been a Blue Rodeo fan for a long time, have quite a few of their albums, and count some of their songs from 'Casino', 'Lost Together' and '5 Days in July' among my favourite... Read morePublished on Jan. 12 2010 by B. Larochelle
I think this CD is awesome. But then again I love Blue Rodeos music. I bought it to listen to before going to there concert, which by the way was awesome.Published on Jan. 9 2010 by Shreddie
I am an avid Blue Rodeo fan and wasn't sure what to expect. This set is a departure to some degree from the old Blue Rodeo style and I like it. Read morePublished on Jan. 9 2010 by J. Holson-Mazzer
Best Album in years
Amazing work guys!
Can't wait to see you in 2010!