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Colin MacDonald; John-Angus MacDonald; Jack Syperek; Sean Dalton
||Hope & Ruin LP—2011; No Time For Later LP—2009; Acoustic - Friends & Total Strangers LP—2009; Den Of Thieves LP—2005; House Of Ill Fame LP—2002
About the ArtistThe title track and single “Hope & Ruin” is something altogether different, superimposing chiming guitar and Colin’s reflective-yet-triumphant lyrics onto a pumping disco beat, while the guitar atmospherics of “Stay With Me” ,redolent of a certain world-devouring, ‘80s rock giant. Opener “Misery Loves Company” suggests an alternate universe punk version of Cheap Trick while “Dreaming Man” is even more outré; a lambent, silky shuffle that the band whipped up over breakfast one day. Equally, “Burned” goes from a funky, clavinet-goosed intro to an inspired jam that Colin wanted to sound “like Little Feat at 2 am at some big, summer festival.” Ditto the way piano dances around John-Angus’ super-reverbed slide on “Love Is the Real Thing”.
And perhaps most striking of all is the album’s centerpiece, “If You Wanna Start Again”, where the Trews actually find credible détente between the grandeur of mid-tempo Foreigner and their own reliably good taste.
April 2009 Alt. Rock