Devil on a Bench in Stanley Park

Devil on a Bench in Stanley Park

by Justin Rutledge
     
 

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Justin Rutledge comes from the same musical family as Kathleen Edwards, Blue Rodeo, and Ryan Adams with his simple, relaxing, and strong songwriting. Adams instantly comes to mind during the opening moments of the midtempo, pedal steel-accented "Robin's Tune." From there, Rutledge rarely rocks the boat when

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Justin Rutledge comes from the same musical family as Kathleen Edwards, Blue Rodeo, and Ryan Adams with his simple, relaxing, and strong songwriting. Adams instantly comes to mind during the opening moments of the midtempo, pedal steel-accented "Robin's Tune." From there, Rutledge rarely rocks the boat when it comes to the arrangements, especially on the tender and pretty "I'm Your Man, You're My Radio," which ambles along effortlessly. And he returns to this feeling with the closing and upbeat "I'm Gonna Die (Some Sunny Day)." Perhaps the only problem might be how the artist has perfected this style so well that it all begins to sound like one long and very enjoyable song. "Does It Make You Rain?" is a slightly different take, but it's basically quite similar to the previous tracks. Here the musician's voice is a bit more powerful and soulful. Assisted by members of Blue Rodeo as well as Oh Susannah on a few songs, Rutledge gives many of these songs room to breathe. A good example of this is the slower, somber "Come Summertime," which could have come directly from Adams' Cold Roses album. The first departure from this musical realm is the whispery, wistful, and barren "Backseat Honeymoon/Blue Is What I Do." The highlight is by far "The Suffering of Pepe O'Malley, Pt. 4," which starts slowly but then builds into something far grander, bringing to mind Calexico's "All Systems Red," the closing tune off Garden Ruin. Fans of Blue Rodeo circa Five Days in July would lap up "I Am with Her Where the Avalanche Begins."

Product Details

Release Date:
11/21/2006
Label:
Six Shooter Records
UPC:
0836766002923
catalogNumber:
29
Rank:
193206

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Justin Rutledge   Primary Artist,Banjo,Guitar,Harmonica
Jim Cuddy   Vocals
Bazil Donovan   Acoustic Guitar,Bass
Greg Keelor   Electric Guitar
Sarah McElcheran   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Blake Manning   Percussion,Drums,Vocals
Oh Susanna   Vocals
Tim Vesley   Accordion
Adrienne McKenzie   Choir, Chorus
David Baxter   Electric Guitar
Burke Carroll   Dobro,Pedal Steel Guitar
Bob Packwood   Piano,Hammond Organ
Amoy Levy   Choir, Chorus
Ciceal Levy   Choir, Chorus
Melissa McClelland   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

David Baxter   Producer,Engineer
Justin Rutledge   Composer,Producer
Glen Salley   Engineer
Simon Oxley   Artwork
James Paul   Engineer

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