Collider

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All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
Sam Roberts' fifth album Collider finds the Canadian rocker doing what he does best: cranking out thoughtful, melodic, midtempo rockers that hit the sweet spot between radio-friendly slickness and singer/songwriter intelligence and deliver almost an hour of classic rock-inspired goodness. While some of his records in the past have toyed with alt-rock noise jams or sweeping prog rock concepts, this time out he's content to stick to the middle of the road. This isn't a criticism at all. Roberts is so adept at crafting simple, memorable rock songs, and his persona is so charming and direct, that he doesn't need to do anything too flashy to make an album work. In fact, the only ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
Sam Roberts' fifth album Collider finds the Canadian rocker doing what he does best: cranking out thoughtful, melodic, midtempo rockers that hit the sweet spot between radio-friendly slickness and singer/songwriter intelligence and deliver almost an hour of classic rock-inspired goodness. While some of his records in the past have toyed with alt-rock noise jams or sweeping prog rock concepts, this time out he's content to stick to the middle of the road. This isn't a criticism at all. Roberts is so adept at crafting simple, memorable rock songs, and his persona is so charming and direct, that he doesn't need to do anything too flashy to make an album work. In fact, the only moments that don't work on the album, like the jittery, horn-filled opener "The Last Crusade" or the jam band-fake funky "Let It In" are the moments when he tries to stretch out a little. The album really gets going when Roberts and his always sympathetic band stick to the basics. The easy choogling "Without a Map" or the driving rocker "Sang Froid" are examples of how they can make a simple song work by added energy and passion, not tricky arrangements. A song like the soaring "No Arrows" could even be a hit if the stars aligned just right. Along with rocking the rockers like a champ, Roberts proves to be a fine balladeer on the handful of songs that slow the tempo; showing great depth of feeling in the quietly rollicking "Twist the Knife" and the weary-sounding "Partition Blues." Like he has through most of his career, Roberts comes off like the guy on a team who doesn't seem to be doing much, but if you took him out of the lineup, the team's fortunes would plummet. He rarely makes mistakes, never embarrasses himself, and always turns in a solid performance. He may not win awards or get commercials, but he'll get the job done. It may not sound very rock & roll when you put it like that, but even rock & roll needs unspectacular sparkplug-types, and with Collider, Roberts proves himself an essential part of the R&R landscape.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/10/2011
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • UPC: 601143114427
  • Catalog Number: 431144
  • Sales rank: 176,335

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Last Crusade - Sam Roberts Band (4:18)
  2. 2 Without a Map - Sam Roberts Band (4:06)
  3. 3 Let it In - Sam Roberts Band (4:19)
  4. 4 Graveyard Shift - Sam Roberts Band (4:27)
  5. 5 No Arrows - Sam Roberts Band (4:27)
  6. 6 Longitude - Sam Roberts Band (3:19)
  7. 7 Streets of Heaven (Promises, Promises) - Sam Roberts Band (4:26)
  8. 8 Sang Froid - Sam Roberts Band (3:30)
  9. 9 Twist the Knife - Sam Roberts Band (4:13)
  10. 10 I Feel You - Sam Roberts Band (5:17)
  11. 11 The Band vs. the World - Sam Roberts Band (4:10)
  12. 12 Partition Blues - Sam Roberts Band (4:12)
  13. 13 Tractor Beam Blues - Sam Roberts Band (4:55)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sam Roberts Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Brian Deck Percussion
Ben Massarella Percussion
Stuart Bogie Woodwind
Eric Fares Keyboards
Elizabeth Powell Vocals
Josh Trager Percussion, Drums
James Hall Bass
Dave Nugent Guitar, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Greg Calbi Mastering
Brian Deck Producer, Engineer
Sam Roberts Composer
Joseph Donovan Engineer, Additional Production
Jace Lasek Engineer
Adrian Popovich Engineer, Additional Production
Jake Westermann Engineer
Simon Paul Layout
Patrick O'Keefe Illustrations
Lucas Wareing Art Direction
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