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Strange experience, the Hip. Since the release of their first EP in 1987, they've steadily become one of the best-loved and most successful rock bands Canada has witnessed (they do shows with Alanis, for Juno's sake!). If you are American, you're probably just discovering them now, without the context of their nine previous albums. So when first listening to In Violet Light you can feel disoriented--as if you happened to watch, say, your first episode of Twin Peaks midseason, having never known there was such a thing. This album exists in a slightly more stylized and dramatic world than the everyday--something like an indie-rock opera starring Bryan Ferry, but without the models. It might take a few listens to understand how Gordon Downie can sound like the Talking Heads ("Are You Ready") and then R.E.M. ("Silver Jet" and "Leave") and then the Smiths ("Throwing Off Glass") while still maintaining his own distinct and consistent voice. But given a few listens, this other world makes more and more sense, and you'll find yourself inhabiting it. --Laura Etling
|1. Are You Ready|
|2. Use It Up|
|3. The Darkest One|
|4. It's A Good Life If You Don't Weaken|
|5. Silver Jet|
|6. Throwing Off Glass|
|7. All Tore Up|
|9. A Beautiful Thing|
|10. The Dire Wolf|
|11. The Dark Canuck|
I have almost all of their albums on CD, including box sets, and a few LP's from way back when. I think this is one of their best albums. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Vinyl Rad
It kicks. It delves. There's texture & grace. You can enjoy getting lost in it.
After being decidedly disappointed by Music @ Work, I found this CD to be a... Read more
If there ever was an album that could get you hooked on a band, 'In Violet Light' is that album. The lyrics are straightforward, yet laden with double-entendre and deeper meaning. Read morePublished on June 15, 2005 by D. Collins
The Hip have a certain percentage of uncritical fans who go ga-ga over whatever they do; and some folks just do dig this CD. Read morePublished on December 22, 2004 by Clarence S.
An excellent new disc by the TJ, after a decidely mediocre, "Music at Work. Lots of great songwriting with tight music arrangement and Downy sings quite well... Read morePublished on December 6, 2004 by B. Keith
The TH manages to cover new ground without losing their foundation... words cannot describe the transcendent moments on several songs (even though I think Downie's voice is,... Read morePublished on December 6, 2004 by B. Keith
I am NOT a die-hard Hip fan.
For the most part, I have liked them, enjoyed the singles, but not been a "rush out and buy it immediately" kinda fan. Read more
So I am one of the biggest Hip fans, I grew up on Up To Here and Road Apples. Road Apples will always be my personal favorite because the songs bring back memories. Read morePublished on March 24, 2004 by "eli_boucher"