Author: Capt. Obvious
Fear not, devoted CO readers, I'm not dead, I just took a little mental vacation. What better to draw me out of hibernation than a new Rural Alberta Advantage album? With their accomplished 2008 debut Hometowns, Nils Edenloff and company unveiled a collection of songs brimming with nostalgia, loss, and unbridled emotion that made the songs feel life-affirming even when the lyrical content was at its most downtrodden. One glance at the snowy album cover for Departing, which is due out March 1st on Saddle Creek Records, and it seems a safe bet that the band is drawing blood from the same vein. They are, but Departing is far from a sophomore slump. Its more polished arrangements signify a marked progression for The RAA, and Departing features a young band that's already as adept at frantic sing-a-longs like "Stamp" as they are at more stripped-down fare, such as lovely album closer "Good Night." At a brisk 33 minutes, Departing flies by far too fast, but that's just a minor gripe. Departing marks an early-2011 release sure to find its way onto some best-of lists.