Rheostatics - Melville
Continuing with my recent Canadian theme, Melville is the Rheostatics' second full-length album. It placed in the top fifty best Canadian albums of all time - according to Canadian magazine Chart - three times in a row (1996, 2000, and 2005). The Rheostatics are Dave Bidini (Guitar), Tim Vesely (Bass Guitar), Dave Clark (Drums), and Martin Tielli (Guitar).
This album is quite a gem, especially for those with an interest in Canadian alternative rock (like me). Overall, the music is melodic and subdued, showcasing the vocal talents of Bidini, Vesely, and Tielli. This is especially evident in the song Northern Wish, which crests and falls quietly and subtly. I'm also a huge fan of the song Chanson Les Ruelles, which is incredibly Canadian, being written in correct but terribly pronounced French. It proclaims Canada's distinction from the United States and supports it.
On the downside, this album can be too subdued at times. The first time I listened to it, I was in a very mellow mood, and appreciated the album greatly. The second time I listened through, I was in a less mellow mood, and the album seemed to drag along at a painful pace. Some songs that epitomize this for me are It and Saskatchewan.
Being Canadian, I understand this album at a more instinctual level. I can't say for sure whether or not it would translate to a different audience. If any Americans want to comment on my review about this album, it would be greatly appreciated. Apart from the pacing, this album has no serious musical issues. The Rheostatics have hit very solid Canadian ground here in Melville, and I'm proud to be a part of it. That's why you should listen to this album.
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