Author: Sam Seiler
3/8/11 | Milwaukee Journal Sentinal | www.jsonline.com | Record Review
If the Rural Alberta Advantage's 2008 semi-breakout "Hometowns" was the sound of a young man trying to sync his heartbeat with the throbbing pulse of a town he knows he has to leave, then the band's follow-up album is a series of postcards to that same simple piece of Northwest Alberta real estate.But singer and primary songwriter Nils Edenloff isn't just pining from the road for a bed more comfortable than a van seat or a piece of pie that compares to mom's.The deliberate acoustic stomp of "Two Lovers" finds Edenloff's nasal creak exploring what could have been - if he hadn't been the one whom the girl in the song let get away."North Star" recalls the loose aim of a summer road trip, with keys and drums marking the quiet mileposts."Good Night" is a kiss on the forehead and a door closing on lives and lifestyles gone by.Even if it's not out of line to criticize the RAA for sticking too close to the formula that made its debut LP so haunting and lovable, "Departing" is still a smooth on-ramp to a band well worth the ride and capable of greatness.