Wiener Art
Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Pop

Album Review

This sprawling collection of lush and often pretty numbers is the work of Gordon Downie -- lead singer for the Tragically Hip. Fans of the Hip's classic rock will undoubtedly be left scratching their heads at this album that's more country than rock, and more jazzy than poppy. The bold statements of Gordon Downie's rock heritage have been abandoned in pursuit of the subtle and the subdued. The instrumentation on this record owes more to vaudeville than to Woodstock. Loose production across the board says that these are songs played by people in a room rather than the injection-molded nuggets of radio rock fans might expect. Based on and accompanied by a book of poetry, as a collection of songs, this album works remarkably well. It echoes Tom Waits or fellow Canadians the Rheostatics rather than just an unplugged Tragically Hip. Thankfully, what has the potential for great pretension (songs built on poetry, guest appearances from the likes of film director Atom Egoyan) manages to escape relatively unscathed. While Coke Machine Glow is a bit long and sprawling, it has moments of greatness where it all comes together: the album gem "Chancellor," or the marching "Vancouver Divorce," and the lighthearted polka stomp of "Yer Possessed."
Peter John Garcin, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Starpainters
  2. Vancouver Divorce
  3. SF Song
  4. Trick Rider
  5. Canada Geese
  6. Chancellor
  7. The Never-Ending Present
  8. Nothing But Heartache in Your Social Life
  9. Blackflies
  10. Lofty Pines
  11. Boy Bruised But Butterfly Chase
  12. Mystery
  13. Elaborate
  14. Yer Possessed
  15. Every Irrelevance
  16. Insomniacs of the World, Good Night
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