3/4/11 | Bowlegsmusic.com | www.bowlegsmusic.com | Record Review
The highly anticipated second release from Rural Alberta Advantage has not disappointed. This is a band with a unique character. The songs throughout this album are powerful, memorable and some really moving _ despite each track containing an element of heartbreak, they seem bursting with optimism. Little hooks here and there charm the listener in a way that only pure and honest folk can.Each of the three band members bring something that you can recognise and appreciate in the first listen. You are initially snagged by front-man Nils Edenloffs voice _ abrasive yet unique _ singing in a heartfelt, flat out style. The drums bring energy and innovation, especially in 'Under the Knife' where the beat is constantly being switched up and really drives the song. Country style harmonies, pitched percussion and warm keys soften the sound.Track one _ 'Two Lovers' _ is a brave and understated introduction. It is hard not to fall in love with the album off the back of that first song alone, but despite the simplicity and folky charm, this album gets pretty loud. Brilliant energy and wildly varying dynamic comes through in later tracks, with danceable beats and racing tempos like in 'Stamp', which almost runs away with itself.The way the songs are put together is easy to decipher and a real pleasure to listen to. Simple arrangements allow the listener to appreciate the individual instrumentalists, which is so refreshing in a time where big soundscapes and walls of noise are so prevalent. The spaces left bring a sense of transparency which is wholly endearing and ultimately energising.