Broken (And Other Rogue States)

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All Music Guide - Bret Love
Where Americans are often stereotyped as being loud and boorish, Canadians are frequently portrayed as being overly polite. If there's a major criticism to be leveled against this sophomore album from former Sarah McLachlan guitarist Luke Doucet, it's that his downtrodden tales of battered hearts and broken dreams are wrapped in poppy musical packaging that's simply a bit too pleasant to deliver the necessary emotional impact. Never has heartbreak seemed so damn cheery. Called the break-up album of the year by various critics in Canada where the album was released in 2005, Broken And Other Rogue States features some impressive Americana influences that could benefit from a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bret Love
Where Americans are often stereotyped as being loud and boorish, Canadians are frequently portrayed as being overly polite. If there's a major criticism to be leveled against this sophomore album from former Sarah McLachlan guitarist Luke Doucet, it's that his downtrodden tales of battered hearts and broken dreams are wrapped in poppy musical packaging that's simply a bit too pleasant to deliver the necessary emotional impact. Never has heartbreak seemed so damn cheery. Called the break-up album of the year by various critics in Canada where the album was released in 2005, Broken And Other Rogue States features some impressive Americana influences that could benefit from a bit more minor key melancholy here or a darker vocal melody there. When the soft-voiced songwriter croons, "So cry if you want to/Yeah, you can come undone/But you've gotta have a heart to have a broken one," there's virtually no bite behind the lyrical spite. He's obviously a master song craftsman, as evidenced by the South-of-the-border vibe of "Emily, Please," the deft acoustic balladry of "Wallow," and the shambling blues of "One Too Many." But it's not until the next to last track -- the devastating "No Love to Be Made Here Now" -- that Doucet approaches the greatness of, say, Elliott Smith, delivering a string-laden epic that hits like a sucker punch to the chest. Still, there are simple pop pleasures aplenty to be found here, offering glimpses of an accomplished songwriter just starting to hit his stride.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/14/2006
  • Label: Six Shooter Records
  • UPC: 836766009229
  • Catalog Number: 25
  • Sales rank: 214,207

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Luke Doucet Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Piano, Pedal Steel Guitar, Drums, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Vince Jones Strings, Drums
Lenny Solomon Violin
Amos Garrett Electric Guitar, Soloist
Bazil Donovan Bass
Glenn Milchem Drums
Oh Susanna Vocals
Richard Underhill Saxophone
Kevin Fox Cello
Tyler Yarema Piano, Hammond Organ, Wurlitzer
Bryden Baird Trumpet
Rich Levesque Electric Bass, Acoustic Bass, Group Member
NQ Arbuckle Vocals
Nancy Kershaw Violin
Kathleen Kajioka Viola
Melissa McClelland Background Vocals, Group Member
Todor Kobakov Percussion, Piano, Hand Clapping, Hand Clapping
Chris Brown Hammond Organ
Technical Credits
Vince Jones Engineer
Chris Peters Graphic Design
Michael Phillip Wojewoda Engineer
Martin Tielli Illustrations
Luke Doucet Composer, Producer
Andre Lukacsy Engineer
Michael A. Turner Engineer
Kevin Fox String Arrangements
Joao Carvalho Mastering
James Heidebrecht Engineer
Andre Wahl Engineer
Brendan Canning Composer
Nik Kozub Engineer
Todor Kobakov Engineer
Chris Brown Engineer
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