The release happens to coincide perfectly with my visit to Canada. (Not Newfoundland, unfortunately, however fun that would be) What a way to get in the spirit!:P
The official Safe Upon the Shore page is here.
And here's a new Toronto Sun interview with the boys. Alan talks about New Orleans, Russell Crowe, and copious alcohol consumption. It's pretty awesome.
I really really really like this album. I really have no clue about music theory, so I can't go into technical evaluation or critique (I'll leave that someone else), but I definitely love the stylistic variety they've brought to it. They recorded at many different locations, and you can definitely hear the differences in influence and tone. There's a lot of mood whiplash, most notably between the songs "Hit the Ground and Run" and the titular "Safe Upon the Shore." But then again, isn't making us laugh then breaking our hearts what our boys are all about?
*Warning* Spoilers follow:
My favorite songs are definitely the first four, "Long Life (Where Did You Go)," "Nothing But a Song," "Yankee Sailor," and "Good People." When I went to their Chicago concert in March, they played "Nothing But a Song," and I fell in love with it then. Alan said that it's an autobiography about the band's relationship on the road, but anyone with siblings (or indeed, very close friendships) can especially appreciate its meaning. It's a very sweet song.
"Yankee Sailor," strangely enough, makes me such a happy American GBS fangirl. It tells the story of an ordinary boy whose lover longs for something more than he can give her. It's a beautiful, beautiful song.
"Good People" is the ultimate feel-good song as only GBS could do. It's a simple, catchy tune with a great meaning.
"Over the Hills" is an upbeat, yet thought-provoking tune about life, loyalty, and death in the Canadian military.
"Hit the Ground and Run," the seventh track, is probably the only song (with the possible exception of "The Mermaid") to ever make me break down in fits of laughter every single time. It's the hilarious saga of an unfortunate lad who, well, put a bun in the wrong girl's oven.
"Safe Upon the Shore" is pure GBS, plain and simple. They've included all their favorite motifs in it- lost love, fate, death, magical realism, the power of the sea. And they do so wonderfully, as usual.
I love all the songs, but those are my favorites. I don't want to spoil the rest of the album for you!
Have you gotten the album yet? What do you think? What are your favorite songs?
Talk about it all here!