2014
Label: Saddle Creek - LBJ-207 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album Grey • Country: US • Genre: Rock • Style: Alternative Rock
Download To Be Scared - The Rural Alberta Advantage - Mended With Gold

The third studio album from the big-hearted Canadian indie rock trio, the Saddle Creek-issued Mended with Gold mines the same sonic and emotional terrain To Be Scared - The Rural Alberta Advantage - Mended With Gold its Polaris Prize-nominated predecessor, but there's an electricity that runs through the set that suggests the kind of band tightening that can only occur through heavy touring and workshopping.

Urgency has always played a large part in the Rural Alberta Advantage sound, and their folksy indie rock anthems, despite being a tad formulaic, never feel disingenuous. That distinct heartland punk bite dominates the first half of the album, with sweaty crowd-pleasers like "Our Love Beginning with the snowy Springsteen shuffle of "Runners in the Night," the band plays around with its architecture by re-appropriating the provincial folk of fellow countrymen like Gordon Lightfoot "To Be Scared" and Neil Young "The Build" and then shooting it through with just enough Arcade Fire -blasted indie rock melodrama to get the blood pumping, while simultaneously keeping things grounded to the basement floor.

Nowhere is that more apparent than on the one-two punch of "Vulcan, AB" and "Not Love or Death," both of which To Be Scared - The Rural Alberta Advantage - Mended With Gold to toss in the kitchen sink and remain afloat. Both songs are epic, yet neither is over three and a half minutes long, which is where RAA have bands like Arcade Fire beat.

Mended with Gold is big enough for arenas, but it's made for barns. AllMusic relies heavily on JavaScript. Please enable JavaScript in your browser to use the site fully. Blues Classical Country. Electronic Folk International. Jazz Latin New Age. Aggressive Bittersweet Druggy. Energetic Happy Hypnotic. Romantic Sad Sentimental. Sexy Trippy All Moods. Drinking Hanging Out In Love. Introspection Late Night Partying. Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip. Romantic Evening Sex All Themes.

Features Interviews Lists. Streams Videos All Posts. Release Date September 30, Recording Location Candle Recording, Toronto. No Limit (Extended Mix) - Various - Skate Board - 5 Playful Heartache.

Track Listing. Our Love The Rural Alberta Advantage. This City. On the Rocks. Runners in the Night. To Be Scared. All We've Ever Known. The Build. Vulcan, AB. Not Love or Death. On the Run.


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