boscaresque (boscaresque) wrote in greatbigsea,

Safe Upon the Shore- Reviews!

I can't believe no one's posted about the new album yet! I bought it yesterday and I've been listening to it ever since!

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!
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I've got my full review post over here.

Picoreview: not overall clicking with me yet, although a couple of songs are definite repeat plays. But I think this is mostly a question of the current styles the B'ys are playing with not being quite as much my thing as their traditional stuff. :)

That said I gotta say that "Have a Cuppa Tea" has actually been songvirusing me today, despite the fact that "Nothing Like a Song" and "Safe Upon the Shore" are the ones I actually like the best!
Oh you should post your review here. Haha, you definitely know much more about what you're talking about than I do. (I admit I've only been a GBS fan for a couple years, so perhaps I'm just used to their newer style)

I definitely agree with what you said about the country feel of this album. I played a couple of the songs for my Japanese roommate, and she was like, "is this country?" and I'm all " that you mention it?"

And I can't shake the feeling that I've heard "Hit the Ground and Run" somewhere else before.
Somebody coming in in current years would definitely be more used to their current style, yeah. I've been in the fandom since 2000, so I get all nostalgic for the days of Darrell. <3

They were definitely riding the line between folk and country for this album, even more than they did for the last one.

"Hit the Ground and Run" is new--Alan wrote that with Russell Crowe--but it wouldn't surprise me if it's drawing on things you've heard before.
I honestly didn't love it. It felt very "bluegrass" to me. The songs are done well, but the style seems so different from what made me fall in love with GBS in the first place.

The title song is beautiful (although heart wrenching for me, as I married a Navy boy), and I really liked Road to Ruin, but the rest, for me, was.... meh.

It won't stop me from being a fan of the boys, but it's definitely not my favorite.