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In 2006 singer-songwriter Nils Edenloff, percussionist Paul Banwatt, and multi-instrumentalist Amy Cole came together to release their debut self-titled EP as The Rural Alberta Advantage. The ensuing years have brought two full-length albums (2008's Hometowns and 2011's Departing), widespread critical praise (SPIN, The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, NPR, among others), two ... Read more in Amazon's The Rural Alberta Advantage Store

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  • Audio CD (July 7, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Saddle Creek
  • ASIN: B0029Z8KHE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,948 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3. The Dethbridge in Lethbridge
4. Don't Haunt This Place
5. The Deadroads
6. Drain the Blood
7. Luciana
8. Frank, AB
9. The Air
10. Sleep All Day
11. Four Night Rider
12. Edmonton
13. In the Summertime

Editorial Reviews

Thanks to their exciting live performances and gritty, honest songs on "Hometowns", this Canadian band earned a loyal following that began to grow. With no label or publicist, "Hometowns" caught the ears of bloggers across the country. They landed several festival and industry showcases (NXNE, SXSW, Halifax Pop Explosion, Pop Montreal, and more), and "Hometowns" became the highest selling eMusic Selects act in history. The band's inspiring DIY success story continues to gain momentum with glowing press reviews and sold out club dates in major US cities.

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In November, the band was signed as an eMusic Selects artist on the independent internet music store eMusic.
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You too will fall in love with the Rural Alberta Advantage.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl Heughins on January 30, 2009
Format: MP3 Music
Amazingly, the RAA remains unsigned despite recording one of the best indie rock albums of decade. Made up of only three members, lead vocalist and guitarist Nils Edenloff, and two percussionists Amy Cole and Paul Banwatt, their sound is simple, raw, honest, varied, and astoundingly refreshing.

This band has been steadily building up an impressive internet following. Despite not being signed to a record label, Hometowns made a number of year-end top 10 lists on music blog sites. The album placed #10 on the year-end Metacritic user's poll. In November, the band was signed as an eMusic Selects artist on the independent internet music store eMusic. Hometowns has since become the best selling eMusic Selects album ever.

Despite the RAA being only a trio, the songs on Hometowns are surprisingly varied. The range of the band is highlighted by the country-like acoustic riff of the second track "Rush Apart", which stands in stark contrast to the explosive punkish electric guitar in "The Deathbridge in Lethbridge". No matter the style that the RAA undertakes throughout the album, the strengths of the band shine in each: Edenloff's plaintive and emotionally honest vocals which have evoked numerous comparisons to Jeff Mangum of Neutral Milk Hotel, Banwatt's energetic drumming which is reminiscent of Brian Devendorf's work on The National's Boxer, and Cole's pitch perfect harmonizing.

Although the lyrics are simple, they are earnest and often effective. "Frank AB", which discusses a terrible mining accident in the town of Frank, Alberta, ends with a chilling outro "Under the rubble, of a mountain that crumbled, I will hold you forever.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Smith on February 2, 2009
Format: MP3 Music
People listen to music as a way of escaping where they are. Artists write music as a way of bringing listeners close and sharing a perspective of a new place. It's a simple concept, but it's one that often doesn't come together smoothly. Often an artist can hold onto the illusion of place for a single song, maybe three songs, but eventually the fog will dissipate and all the truth will be revealed again, it's just music. But every once in a while a band will come along and will produce an album so fresh, consistent and clear that every time you hear it you are taken with them on the journey. And `Hometowns' is one of those rare gems.

These are songs that are rooted in the familiar and real. The songs are able to achieve freshness and a sense of inventiveness without any major experimentation with sounds, song structure, or other transformations of the common elements of pop music. But out of the often cold and forgettable pop music formula The Rural Alberta Advantage is able to breathe warmth, and bring to life a throbbing heart beat gently pumping behind the throbbing drum beats.

There are too many good songs to make a single suggestion. So, I challenge anyone interested in the album to choose one song, any song, and give it a spin and see if it isn't better than most songs that you could pull randomly off the album of a million more experienced bands. And then consider the fact that this is The RAA's first album, and that they are currently unsigned, and the album is self produced and self released.

This is a great sounding record, which is captivating in its sincerity and consistent in its style, with songs that will keep you coming back and singing along. Support music and buy it. And then come back here and tell others about this great band.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rick D. Evans on September 11, 2010
Format: Audio CD
I found out about this album in the weirdest way. I picked up one of those free zines you see kicking around record stores, open it up and there's this positive review about this band and this album. I'd never heard of these guys before but felt compelled to buy the album for one simple reason. I'm from Alberta Canada, but have lived in Los Angeles for 30 years. How could I not get an album by a band named "The Rural Alberta Advantage" AND with songs themed around Alberta? So I bought it more out of obligation and interest, but wasn't expecting anything special.

WOW. Was I in for a surprise.

This album grabs a hold of you and just doesn't let go. I have hundreds of indie.rock albums, love the genre, but admit the field of full of boring dross, even many albums that get rave reviews. Although this album is firmly in the indie genre, what makes it special is the strength of the songwriting. These are great songs, played by a very interesting and talented band. If you like Built To Spill, Arcade Fire, Decemberists, Pavement, Sufjan Stevens, Wilco, My Morning Jacket, Pernice Brothers, Neil YOung, Bon Iver, Elliott Smith, Grant-Lee Phillips, Sebadoh and Sparklehorse, I think you'll really dig this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. B. Sartin on December 1, 2009
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Thank goodness that no one in my neck of the woods knows the Rural Alberta Advantage. I picked up this CD from the 25 cent bin (!) at a local shop, and thankfully so.

This is one of my favorite band finds in the past couple of years. The CD is interesting, diverse and very orchestral in its arrangements. It's your standard indie rock sound, with hints of Decemberists, Rogue Wave, Postal Service, Clem Snide, and Built to Spill thrown in for good measure. The result is a great, familiar sonic package that wraps the listener in a sound that is just as foreign as it is familiar. They may not be breaking any new musical ground with this album, but they have distilled the genre into its purest form and possibly created a CD better than CDs from any of the aforementioned bands.

I find myself returning to this CD over and over for a thorough listen. There are so many things going on in the songs that the listener is tempted again and again to hit "repeat". It takes quite awhile to get through the album in this fashion.

If you are a fan of any of the above listed bands, give this CD a chance. You too will fall in love with the Rural Alberta Advantage.
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