Universal Music Canada What better way to celebrate this Juno Awards…
- Posted on Feb 12th 2013 2:40PM by Aaron Brophy
They forge on, though, and we're probably better for it. The band's sixth album Union breaks no ground that hasn't been long broken before, but nonetheless fits comfortably in a universe bounded by Wilco and the Jayhawks on one end, and Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen on the other.
Union's high-water mark is undoubtedly "Stay," which recalls a certain timeless Orbison-ian yearning. Meanwhile, "Open Your Mind" and "Where Did We Go Wrong" dish languid jam rock along the lines of My Morning Jacket during that band's great Z period. Elsewhere, "Side by Side" plucks along just well enough that you could imagine Cuff the Duke as surrogate Sadies.
As far as quality crafted rock 'n' roll for the jeans 'n' t-shirt set goes, you could do far worse than Union.
The Bottom Line: Dudes with beards and My Morning Jacket fans (if those are different things) will find much to enjoy on this album.