The Hip turn it up
Date: Saturday, July 03 2004
New The Tragically Hip CD: In Between Evolution
Canada's favourite sons get loud and fast on their latest collection, which recalls their loose and lively earlier work.
Especially the vibrant first single Vaccination Scar and equally roaring The Heart Of The Melt.
However, the Kingston, Ont., quintet prove just as strong on quieter, more reflective tunes, such as the slow stand-out track, Are We Family. "It's only human to want to inhabit every feeling you've got / And more often than not, let's take it to the nth degree," a tender-sounding Gord Downie sings.
The Hip also pay tribute to Atlanta Thrashers hockey player Dan Snyder -- who was killed in a car accident last fall -- on the opening rocker, Heaven Is A Better Place Today.
"Here's a glue guy, a performance god, a makeshift shrine, newly lain sod," sings Downie. "Heaven is a better place today because of this, but the world is just not the same."
Otherwise, such mid-tempo numbers as Summer's Killing Us and It Can't Be Nashville Every Night, reflect the band's overall concern with the state of the world.
The group also get nice and sludgy, a la Neil Young's Crazy Horse, on Gus: The Polar Bear From Central Park, As Makeshift As We Are and Mean Streak, with nice guitar work on all three from Robby Baker.
And Downie has never sounded more possessed as he does on the impassioned and tuneful You're Everywhere: "When I reel my Irish in, when I sleep on the train, in straight lines through shadows, you're there."
1. Heaven Is A Better Place Today
2. Summer's Killing Us
3. Gus: The Polar Bear from Central Park
4. Vaccination Scar
5. It Can't Be Nashville Every Night
6. If New Orleans Is Beat
7. You're Everywhere
8. As Makeshift As We Are
9. Mean Streak
10. The Heart of the Melt
11. One Night in Copenhagen
12. Are We Family
13. Goodnight Josephine
By Jane Stevenson | Toronto Sun