Can't Love, Can't Hurtby Augustana
All the Stars and Boulevards, Augustana's 2005 debut, sat idly on record store shelves for a year a half before finally cracking the Billboard Top 40. The album's linchpin was "Boston," a ballad whose slow crescendos and heartrending lyrics made it perfect fodder for television, where it received some much-needed attention during episodes of Scrubs and One Tree Hill. Augustana flourished under that exposure, and Can't Love, Can't Hurt attempts to keep the buzz alive by offering another batch of appealingly sentimental songcraft. The bandmates play their cards wisely this time around, refusing to load the album with the pale "Boston" imitations that would likely secure more TV coverage at the expense of the group's credibility. Instead, Augustana delivers a pleasant mix of traditional, vaguely rootsy pop
ock songs, with Dan Layus' affable vocals at the forefront. "Hey Now" and "I Still Ain't Over You" set the stage within the album's first nine minutes. Inspired but not grandiose, the songs deliver a sort of grounded uplift for those who prefer their Fray albums with a side of Limbeck's twangy pop and sweet harmonies. There are several semi-ballads here, too, including the leadoff single, "Sweet and Low," but Layus' somber piano arpeggios (which once played the bulk of the band's hooks) now share the spotlight with his bandmates' guitar riffs. Accordingly, Can't Love, Can't Hurt is more aligned with Counting Crows than Coldplay -- even when the piano dominates the instrumentation, it does so with the same dusty, alt-rock reverence as Adam Duritz's delivery on "A Long December." Those looking to slow-dance and/or hoist their lighters will find a friend in "Fire," the album's closet cousin to "Boston," but this sophomore effort has much more to offer.
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Performance CreditsAugustana Primary Artist
Sid Page Violin
Charlie Bisharat Violin
David Campbell Conductor
Larry Corbett Cello
Natalie Leggett Violin
David Levita Guitar
Alyssa Park Violin
Songa Lee Violin
Dan Layus Guitar,Piano,Vocals,Group Member
Jared Palomar Bass,Bass Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Justin South Drums,Vocals,Group Member
Chris Sachtleben Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
David Lamoureux Percussion,Keyboards
John Vincent Organ,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Group Member
John Vincent Organ,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals
Technical CreditsDavid Campbell String Arrangements
Mathieu Bitton Art Direction
Warren Huart Producer,Engineer
Mike Flynn Producer,Audio Production
Dan Layus Composer
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I would say they have improved much more better and I can't wait to see them in town. It's like you want to listen to it over and over again! when you're going on a morning walk or drive, when you're about to go to sleep, or just on a lazy sunday. I can't get enough and I want more! I know Augustana won't let me down and other fans too. I 3 Augustana!!!
I was not a die-hard fan of Augustana before listening to this CD, although of course I enjoyed the song "Boston" on their first album. This CD, however, is awesome almost from start to finish. My particular favorites are "I Still Ain't Over You" and "Sweet and Low." Definitely worth a listen.
you need to buy this cd.