Union

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All Music Guide - J. Poet
Union finds Cuff the Duke moving away from their country-rock and Americana roots (if a band from Toronto can be said to have Americana roots) toward a more mainstream sound. Union is meant as a companion piece to last year's Morning Comes, which featured songs that dealt with bad relationships and the specter of life as an adult. This time they're dealing with the upside of aging and maturity. They've jettisoned the pedal steel and keening vocals that marked their country phase to make an unashamedly pop record, although their retro predilections are still in evidence. They show off several styles here to good effect. "Open Your Mind," as you might expect, features a gigantic ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - J. Poet
Union finds Cuff the Duke moving away from their country-rock and Americana roots (if a band from Toronto can be said to have Americana roots) toward a more mainstream sound. Union is meant as a companion piece to last year's Morning Comes, which featured songs that dealt with bad relationships and the specter of life as an adult. This time they're dealing with the upside of aging and maturity. They've jettisoned the pedal steel and keening vocals that marked their country phase to make an unashamedly pop record, although their retro predilections are still in evidence. They show off several styles here to good effect. "Open Your Mind," as you might expect, features a gigantic psychedelic lead guitar solo, spacy keyboards, and Wayne Petti's nebulous quasi-mystical vocals. "Carry On" is a dramatic folk-rock tune with a hint of early Merseybeat in its arrangement. "Something for Free" suggests a brighter, lighter version of the Velvet Underground aiming for an AM hit. "Side by Side" is a rollicking, uplifting love song with jubilant harmony vocals from Basia Bulat, and "Live My Life" tries to find some salvation in a relationship that's obviously going nowhere with an uplifting chorus as a counterbalance to the bleak images of the verse. The strongest track is the seductive "Stay," which sports a big, twangy guitar hook, a fervid vocal, and a galloping rhythm. Union is a pleasant listen, but never quite reaches the anthemic heights the band is trying for.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/12/2013
  • Label: Paper Bag
  • UPC: 880893006729
  • Catalog Number: 30067
  • Sales rank: 147,133

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Live My Life (3:30)
  2. 2 Side by Side (3:11)
  3. 3 Where Did We Go Wrong (3:45)
  4. 4 Open Your Mind (6:39)
  5. 5 Stay (4:21)
  6. 6 Carry On (3:53)
  7. 7 Something For Free (3:16)
  8. 8 All I Want (3:54)
  9. 9 Rise Above (2:52)
  10. 10 Night After Night (3:40)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Cuff the Duke Primary Artist
Fran├žois Turenne Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals
AJ Johnson Percussion, Drums, Vocals
Basia Bulat Vocals
Wayne Petti Organ, Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Paul Lowman Organ, Piano, Electric Bass
Thom Hammerton Piano, Hammond Organ
Technical Credits
Greg Keelor Producer
Noah Mintz Mastering
Ryan Haslett Engineer
Cuff the Duke Producer
Paul Lowman Illustrations
Jud Haynes Layout
James McKenty Engineer
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