Tuesday, May 12, 2009

The Tragically Hip Project - In Violet Light

In Violet Light - in the ulcerating silence perspective comes the way it always does - for it's ransom

1. The Dire Wolf
2. It's A Good Life If You Don't Weaken
3. A Beautiful Thing
4. The Darkest One
5. Silver Jet

- Slower and more melodic than past efforts, as evidence by the first single, It's A Good Life If You Don't Weaken
- For me, The Darkest One encapsulates what is not working as well with the Hip at this stage in their career. It is a decent song, and is very much in the style of their old stuff; however, it just isn't quite as catchy as the old stuff. It should be a great, classic Hip tune but it isn't. My theory is that as they became better musicians they polished off some of the raw edges that made their blues boogie work so well. Another theory is that if I was younger when I heard this song, and listened to it as many times in as many different venues ast B@HD and others that I would regard it as a classic Hip tune. The fact that it isn't a concert staple has me leaning towards the former theory.

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