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Broken Side of Time

Alberta Cross, Alberta CrossAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (March 9, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: ATO RECORDS / RED
  • ASIN: B002JTHX14
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,898 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2009 debut album from the New York-based rockers. Alberta Cross, the album, was produced by Mike McCarthy (Trail Of Dead, Spoon) and mixed by Andy Wallace's right hand man John O'Mahoney (Depeche Mode, Kasabian) in Austin, Texas and NYC. For fans of Kings Of Leon, Pearl Jam, Band Of Horses, My Morning Jacket and The Shins.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock is not dead... March 12, 2010
Format:Audio CD
This is truly an epic release. Haven't heard a rock album which is jaw dropping in a long while, but Broken Side of Time does just that. Since I've purchased this album, as apparently it was 1st released in late Sept, then for some reason unavailable, but again re-released March 9th, it has been in my every day rotation. It's one of those albums you pop in your disc changer, but months later you dare not take it out. While I have Alberta Cross' 7 song EP, and it's good, Broken Side of Time will rock much harder from start to finish. You won't skip a track. The singing croons a bit like Neil Young, but in an edgy darker way. Perhaps if Neil Young himself started today, this is what he'd produce in voice, but it rocks you like a Zeppelin album. In comparison, I could see these guys having similar career paths to both. Looking forward to seeing them in April when they come to Philly w/ BRMC.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ryan Adams through Neil Young's wall of amps March 13, 2010
By Steve
Format:Audio CD
Solid, solid album. My closest comparison would be Ryan Adams blasting through Neil Young's wall of amps after a tough day. Excellent dynamics, with brooding, mellow parts followed by sheets of distorted, feedbacking guitar. 4 stars instead of 5, as I think they can take this to another level, but this one isn't coming out of the player for a while.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Rock Album I've heard in quite some time February 7, 2010
By Dwhat
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Bluesy rock that's really moving. This album hits a little harder as a whole than their EP, and with cleaner production on the tracks that carried over. Sometimes that's a bad thing but this album is amazing from start to finish. My personal favorite album of 2010 so far.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Record of the year - easily September 29, 2010
Format:Audio CD
Great others have noted, not a dud in the bunch. Singer Petter Stakee's voice is incredibly ethereal...I've been fortunate enough to have seen them live three times, and it's been epic every time.

What I find most interesting are the incredibly wide range of comparisons I've seen, not only here but in all reviews of their records or shows. And while you can indeed hear echoes of so many other artists - for me, it's Blind Melon, Neil & Crazy Horse, a bit of Pearl Jam, Black Crowes and Kings of Leon - they nonetheless have a unique, classic, timeless-yet-modern sound.

It's impossible to pick a favorite: Hard rockers "ATX" and "Leave Us And Forgive Us," where the wall of guitars built by Stakee and guitarist Sam Kearney compete with Stakee's howling voice, quieting down with the haunting "Ghost of City Life" and "Rise From the Shadows" (a highlight each time I've seen them). Plus, the epic title track, slow-builders "Song Three Blues" and "Thief and the Heartbreaker," classic-sounding singalong "Old Man Chicago" - I think I've mentioned every song but the (pretty much only) upbeat song, "Taking Control," reminiscent of their earlier stuff, and "City Walls," only by default my least favorite - still a fantastic song!

My only complaints, and they're quite minor: I wish there was some ripping lead guitar, at least on some songs. Perhaps because I'm a child of the '80s (and thus, the '70s as well), i.e. Van Halen, Zeppelin, Floyd, etc. That said, it's not necessary - I just think some tasty leads could add to the songs. Marc Ford is currently a free agent - how well would he fit in?

Other complaint: As amazing as Stakee's voice is, and as passionate as his singing, many lyrics are extremely difficult to understand.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Only January, but will anything top this in 2010? January 27, 2010
Format:Audio CD
Straight out, this is a simply gorgeous album. I'm an obsessive collector of rock music in all its myriad forms, and I haven't felt this moved by an album in years. In the past decade, only Mastodon's Remission, The Mars Volta's De-loused, Muse's Origins of Symmetry and Oceanic by Isis made me think that something new and vital (and, yes, maybe proggy) was happening in the rock scene. This album is very different to those, but its shimmering anthemic grooves have me playing it beginning to end constantly. Imagine Canned Heat, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, and The Decemberists and you're some way towards this band's sound.

'Rise from the Shadows' slithers along, built on a sinuous bass line, and then rises effortlessly into its chorus; 'Leave Us and Forgive Us' couches its La's-ish indie sound in shoegazery lushness; 'ATX' is a stomper with a chugging riff that proves they can get their rocks off; 'The Thief & the Heartbreaker' gets a fuller production than on the bands earlier EP (though some might prefer the aching rawness of the original; 'City Walls' shivers with spooky atmospherics...

Seriously, there's not a dud track in sight. Each song offers something new, and the whole enterprise is carried off with such grace, it makes you want to fall back in your chair with your headphones firmly clamped to your ears, turn up the volume and drift off.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Full length debut is an instant classic! December 2, 2010
Format:Audio CD
If this band has not Made It Big by the time you read this review, then it is only a matter of time.
Combining elements of My Morning Jacket, Portugal the Man, classic blues, and dare I say, the more rhythmic aspects of Bush, Alberta Cross has created an album that is diverse, engaging, and worthy of many repeated listens. While the band boasts a powerful rhythm section and a guitar attack that strikes the right balance between aggression and melody, it is the voice of the lead singer that is its greatest weapon. This singer has personality, and the warbles and nuances he inserts in his singing- see "Broken Side of Time" for an example of what sounds like studio manipulation but is just a man who knows how to use his voice- turns his voice into an extra instrument that transcends the vocals above what are admittedly- at times- pedestrian lyrics.
"ATX" is a tale of debauchery that chugs along like the aforementioned Bush. "Broken Side of Time" is a slowly building set piece that provides an unsettling core to a multi-faceted album. "Rise from the Shadows" is a minimalist gospel number that shows what the band can accomplishment without the aid of electric guitars. The two songs remade from their EP, "The Thief and the Heartbreaker" and "Old Man Chicago", were highlights on the EP and while still catchy songs (the latter sounds especially stronger here), they are two of the more standard numbers, illustrating what a strong collection this is.
A great live band, Alberta Cross demonstrates originality, energy, and enough interesting ideas on this 10 song collection to make this a band to look out for. A great album!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dare i say....Masterpiece?!
There have only been 3 bands who have come out in the last 20 years that have had a huge impact and influence on my life. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Mark
3.0 out of 5 stars Good band so so album
This album has some good moments and some mediocre moments. Sounding at times like Crazy Horse,sometimes like The Band, sometimes like the Black Crows. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Mayo M
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent UK Rock Band
I saw Alberta Cross live at a music festival and thought they were pretty amazing. They have a really interesting rock sound with some blues to them. Read more
Published on November 5, 2011 by hiredgoon
5.0 out of 5 stars strongly recommended
I like this album a lot. The music steadily roles good tunes, without much playing but every tone is right and the overall sound perfectly conveys the intention of the songwriter. Read more
Published on September 14, 2011 by S. Sasic
4.0 out of 5 stars good music with some soul
The cd is good and i was not very familiar with their music but had heard a cut on xm radio. i was pleased with the cd overall and will watch for more of their music.
Published on October 18, 2010 by sammusic
4.0 out of 5 stars new favorite...
already a sure thing for one of the best albums of the year.
think early Neil Young with a bit of The Verve and Blind Melon.
a complete record, not a filler to be found. Read more
Published on June 3, 2010 by Craig Russell
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent original hard rock music with blues undertones.
one of the most original cd's to come my way in years. Both 'Broken side of Time' and 'the thief and the hearbreaker' are excellent efforts. Read more
Published on December 19, 2009 by Thomas Mccraw
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