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Perhaps more accessible and "mainstream" than his solo debut, Coke Machine Glow, Gordon Downie opens this album with the minimal yet evolving "Into the Night," a song that brings to mind "Flamenco" by his main project, the Tragically Hip. From there the album takes a noticeable loud turn on "Figment," which would draw comparisons to Neil Young & Crazy Horse, a boisterous garage rock tune. "All of my heroes are women/And most of them are cinnamon," Downie sings, a possible inference to Young's "Cinnamon Girl." The singer's knack for vivid yet quirky lyrics is on display during "Christmastime in Toronto," a rather straightforward, radio-friendly rock track that borrows ...
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All Music Guide - Jason MacNeil
Perhaps more accessible and "mainstream" than his solo debut, Coke Machine Glow, Gordon Downie opens this album with the minimal yet evolving "Into the Night," a song that brings to mind "Flamenco" by his main project, the Tragically Hip. From there the album takes a noticeable loud turn on "Figment," which would draw comparisons to Neil Young & Crazy Horse, a boisterous garage rock tune. "All of my heroes are women/And most of them are cinnamon," Downie sings, a possible inference to Young's "Cinnamon Girl." The singer's knack for vivid yet quirky lyrics is on display during "Christmastime in Toronto," a rather straightforward, radio-friendly rock track that borrows a line from Anton Chekov. Only in a few instances does Downie head into a heady, poetry-centered milieu, especially on "Willow Logic." Alternating between his vocals and a person speaking on a cell phone, the song has a dreamy pop quality to it. The debut single, "Pascal's Submarine," has a bouncy, grandiose ensemble feeling to it, reminiscent of groups like the Hidden Cameras and Polyphonic Spree. Tubas, harmonicas, pianos, and sweet harmonies drive the galloping percussion along. "11th Fret" is also strong, a number mixing '70s-era David Bowie with a lyrical slant toward cheating honky tonk standards. The global sound of "Who by Rote" is the album's spoken-word moment, but the song never hits the ground running. The shining moment is the downbeat acoustic-meets-jazz flare of "Steeplechase." Resembling something off of the Tragically Hip's Day for Night, the song runs into a George Martin-like wall of sound before Julie Doiron lends her fragile vocals. Just as noteworthy is the heartfelt "More Me Less You," reeking of country influences. Two versions of the same song are rather ordinary, but the first effort seems more memorable than the second. Yet another solid stepping stone by one of Canada's finest writers!
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  • Release Date: 6/3/2003
  • Label: Zoe Records
  • UPC: 601143103827
  • Catalog Number: 431038

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Into the Night (2:36)
  2. 2 Figment (3:07)
  3. 3 Christmastime in Toronto (4:04)
  4. 4 Willow Logic (3:44)
  5. 5 Pascal's Submarine (4:38)
  6. 6 11th Fret (3:05)
  7. 7 Who by Rote (2:40)
  8. 8 Steeplechase (3:21)
  9. 9 More Me Less You (3:47)
  10. 10 We're Hardcore (1:45)
  11. 11 Pillform, No. 2 (2:47)
  12. 12 Pillform, No. 1 (1:46)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Gordon Downie Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
The Dave Clark Five Tuba, Conga, Drums, Tambourine, Background Vocals, Tongue Drum
Julie Doiron Bass, Piano, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals, Bells
Josh Finlayson Bass, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals
Alfons Fear Trumpet
Dale Morningstar Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Harmonica, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals, Kalimba, Pump Organ, Wurlitzer
Scott Cameron Alto Saxophone
Bryden Baird Trumpet
Jeff Burke Bassoon
Jay Baird Baritone Saxophone
Doctor Pee Piano, Hammond Organ, Tambourine, Background Vocals, Clavinet
Henry Muth Of Guh Sampling
Brodie West Alto Saxophone
Woodchoppin Horns Track Performer
Technical Credits
The Dave Clark Five Producer, Horn Arrangements
Gordon Downie Sound Effects, Producer, Engineer
Ken Friesen Engineer
Joao Carvalho Mastering
Josh Finlayson Producer
Dale Morningstar Producer, Engineer, Horn Arrangements
Megan Oldfield Art Direction
John Claytor Cover Painting
Figment Horn Arrangements
Woodchoppin Horns Horn Arrangements
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    More Quirky, More Beautiful Than Ever!

    Gordon Downie's second solo effort is more stripped down and more raw than his first. What it lacks in cohesiveness, it makes up for with shear complexity and gritty hooks. "Christmastime in Toronto", "If By Rote", "Hardcore", and "Pillform" are superb! "Pascal's Submarine" may be the best song Gord has ever written. He proves once again that whatever he touches turns to gold!

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