Friday, January 15, 2010

Falling Down Blue

Blue Rodeo remains one of Canada’s best kept musical secrets, despite having put out numerous albums since the mid-80s, and winning a handful of Juno Awards (Canada’s equivalent of the Grammies). It’s easy to see why the roots-rockers do not enjoy the same sort of acclaim as more illustrious Canuck rockers like Neil Young, Bryan Adams or The Band: they specialise in putting out songs about chronic heartaches, hard economic times, desolate country towns and other less-than-cheery subjects, all set to some of the most understated and bare-bones music ever committed to record. Here’s an example of Blue Rodeo’s subtle craftsmanship, the elegantly poised, lounge-jazz-influenced ‘Falling Down Blue’, which gets an appropriately low-key monochromatic video-clip treatment.


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