Fast Paced World

Fast Paced World

by The Duhks
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Fast Paced World

In a fast-paced world, hipster string bands can't afford to get into a rut. There is no hipper string band than the Duhks, and for their fourth album they have, in their own words, "invented a new sound." It's not a completely original sound, but it's new for them, and originality in pop music is overrated anyway. What we get on Fast Paced World is a bracing mixture of blues, rock, hot jazz, Celtic, gypsy, Latin, and pop styles, all delivered with an exhilarating blend of skillful tightness and wild emotional abandon. Lead singer Sarah Dugas (who joined the band in 2007) brings an extra-dark flavor to the Duhks' sound, delivering songs like the torchy "This Fall" and a bluesy, barn-burning rendition of the hurricane ballad "Mighty Storm" in a sweetly gritty roar. Elsewhere the band delves into straight-up rock & roll (on the deftly rocking but lyrically facile title track) and Brazilian pop (on the brilliant "Magalenha"), and Dugas indulges her French skills to no apparent purpose on "Toujours Vouloir." (It made musical sense to sing "Magalenha" in Portuguese, but "Toujours Vouloir" comes across as mere showing-off.) When the band returns to its trad roots, the results are no less fiery and impressive: the reel set "New Rigged Ship" is one of the album's many high points. Someday the Duhks may find their natural style and settle into it, and when they do, their albums will become much less interesting.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/19/2008
Label: Sugarhill
UPC: 0015891404226
Rank: 148315

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Duhks   Primary Artist
Tania Elizabeth   Fiddle,Mandolin,Strings,Background Vocals,Pump Organ,fender rhodes
Sarah Dugas   Vocals,Background Vocals
Jordan McConnell   Banjo,Guitar,Background Vocals
Leonard Podolak   Banjo,Vocals,Background Vocals
Christian Dugas   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Carlinhos Brown   Composer
Jay Joyce   Producer,Audio Production
Traditional   Composer
Sarah Dugas   Composer
Jonathan Byrd   Composer
Jordan McConnell   Composer
Leonard Podolak   Composer
Dan Frechette   Composer

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Fast Paced World 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A more widely-accessible set of songs deviates only slightly from the folksy/international vibe of the first three albums by The Duhks. With new vocalist Sarah Dugas and her brother Christian as the new percussionist, The Duhks have definitely made their most cohesive album to date. The songs blend The Duhks' lush acoustic roots music with more soul and pop, and even some Tom Waits-esque &quot found&quot percussion sounds, but flow better than their earlier works. The only complaint I have? I wish &quot Fast Paced World&quot had another ten songs on it. STANDOUT TRACKS: Mighty Storm, Fast Paced World, This Fall, Toujours Vuoloir, 95 South
Guest More than 1 year ago
This Canadian quintet move from strength to strength on their third international release, gracefully blending the folk elements of their sound to emerge as a sparkling acoustic pop outfit. Newcomer Sarah Dugas' soulful vocalizing, reminiscent of former Duhk&#8217 s lead singer Jessee Harvey's husky croon, blows the cobwebs off the band's traditional fixations, especially on the opening blues number, &quot Mighty Storm.&quot But the fiddle, banjo, and occasional whistle betray any greater pop ambitions. The Duhks nearest competition used to be Nickel Creek before they went their separate ways, but these Manitobans have more soul by half, and even a fair measure of grit. Where Nickel Creek might have drawn some unconventional inspiration from Frank Zappa or Pavement the Duhks tend to compose their own materials on this latest offering, with Sarah Dugas taking on the loin&#8217 s-share of the writing duties. Producer Jay Joyce keeps Fast Paced World shimmering and intimate, encouraging judicious and colorful percussion from Dugas&#8217 brother Christian, as well as a guest spot from former band member Scott Senior. But their efforts are never so overwrought as to obscure the plain joy that the Duhks take in their musicianship, or these deeply felt songs. With two former band members moving on to other projects, and two new talents to replace them, The Duhks are clearly a band in the midst of a transition. But the change seems to be working, and all The Duhks are asking of us is to keep up with their new World.