Fully Completely 1992 It's not just that almost every song on this album still holds up they do or that it's considered the Hip's breakthrough record beyond platinum, it was certified diamond in 2007. Pull up your Muskoka chair, lean forward and watch the flames dance against the dark. Up to Here 1989 The Tragically Hip's debut album is kind of a wonderful thing to revisit. It doesn't take itself too seriously, but still delivers an easy to listen to album that is at times anthemic, profound, hilarious, tender and even a bit spacey. In Violet Light 2002 In Violet Light brought a few changes to the Hip's traditional production landscape.
It could be regret of addiction, abuse, or simply not seizing the moments in life, but these thoughts are coaxed gently to the surface with warmth and grace, too. In Between Evolution 2004 The Hip's ninth full-length album reintroduces fans to the band's trademark sound. For the first of what would prove to be many times, the band decided to record in a house in the township of Bath, Ont. In 1996, Kingston, Ontario's favourite sons were riding the acclaim of 4 certified platinum albums in a row in Canada, naturally , and it seems as though they wanted to have a little fun before going back to the drawing board to produce their 1998 album, Phantom Power. Established fans will enjoy pondering the lyrics and jamming on the deep tracks, as well as singing along with the classic tracks. It's a great album for a chill drive out of the city, or a winter night spent in front of a fire, and as with most Tragically Hip music, is best enjoyed in the company of friends.
The Hip was laying out a map, hinting at what was to come, even if the band didn't know it. Downie's lyrics still tie the music together, but the album is less Hip traditional, with a poppier, angstier edge to the songs. Day for Night 1994 Day for Night was the first album that saw the Hip move fully and completely away from its blues-rock origins to adopt a sound that really became its own: the music was both foreboding and anthemic, and Downie's lyrics reached a new level of richness and poignancy bordering on mysticism. Filled with Downie's lyrical wit, the 2004 album is a par-for-the course Hip release. The band recorded parts of the album in the Bahamas, and brought in British heavyweight producer Hugh Padgham Phil Collins, Sting, Paul McCartney. Stand Out Tracks: - Gift Shop - Ahead By A Century - 700 Ft. And that's what they deliver within: a fine campfire record.
This is one not for the arenas; this is for the close quarters, the intimate spaces. It's warm and it's safe here and almost heartening, Here in a time and place, not lost on our imagination. Review Summary: The Hip's 5th full album is a warm affair, with a couple of Canadian Rock Radio staples and signature charm that will keep a fire in your heart on a cold day. Phantom Power was a perfect first decade wrap-up for the Hip. This house would go on to be known as the Bathouse Recording Studio, and it has since been used by some of Canada's best musical talent Sam Roberts, Blue Rodeo, Hayden, Bruce Cockburn. Perhaps the world had moved on from the Hip's straightforward rock coupled with the thinking person's lyrics, embracing a more Nickelback-like aesthetic.
We are the Same 2008 The album art on this, the Hip's 11th studio release, shows the band in the dark, gathered around an open fire. — Kerry Martin 8. Trouble at the Henhouse 1996 Trouble at the Henhouse was an important album for the Tragically Hip, for a few reasons. This album spans a lot for the Hip, and sometimes it feels like too much. Those moments, those necessary times between people who look out for each other, when glances are recognized, when words can be safely spoken as they pass with the smoke into the night skies. Drummer Johnny Fay has a very straight forward approach, but he has a great sixth sense when it comes to building tension or energy in verses before he pounds his way through the chorus. World Container 2006 Whether you'll latch onto World Container depends on what kind of Hip you want: the anthem-ready, Heritage Moment poets of the '90s, or the broader poets on their 10th album, trying to break the successful mould they've created for themselves.
Trouble At The Henhouse is a well thought out, complete album, and represents the end of an era for Canadian alternative rock legends, the Tragically Hip. . At a time when the grungy sound of bands like Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains was falling out of style, the Tragically Hip managed to achieve great success with its chunky guitar tone and abstract lyricism, earning them platinum status, twice over, in Canada. The performances are notable for their dynamics more than their technicality, and the chemistry which makes up a large part of the band's appeal. It was also a visceral thrill to hear a record that referenced Canadian identity so clearly and plainly, without pretense, and at a time when plenty of other bands had done their damndest to sound as nationless or American as possible.
This album probably won't convert first time listeners, but is certainly easy to play all the way through, and has some stand out tracks that rank up with the best of the band's catalogue. . . . . .
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