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The Tragically Hip will release their first studio album in three years, Now for Plan A, on October 2. Produced by Gavin Brown (Metric, Boys Like Girls, Three Days Grace) and featuring guest vocals by Sarah Harmer, the album offers all new music written by the band and set to the poetic and thought-provoking lyrics of lead singer, Gord Downie. Now for Plan A is the thirteenth studio album from the Kingston, Ontario quintet.

1. At Transformation
2. Man Machine Poem
3. The Lookahead
4. We Want To Be It
5. Streets Ahead
6. Now For Plan A
7. The Modern Spirit
8. About This Map
9. Take Forever
10. Done And Done
11. Goodnight Attawapiskat

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  • Audio CD (October 2, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Zoe Records
  • ASIN: B008UMFD4I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,904 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Sam Doucette on October 19, 2012
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Yes, I'm a long time American Tragically Hip fan. From experience, I've known that first impressions of a Hip album are not the best impressions. Every one of their albums has required a couple listens from start to finish to fully appreciate -- that length of time has varied from album to album, but the overall experience remains the same. This band creates music that challenges and weaves itself around the musings of lead singer/poet Gordon Downie. The given album in its entirety must be taken in, leading to the intended effect from the band: This is a work of art worth savoring.

"Now for Plan A" is an excellent album from start to finish. Some songs are better than others, but none are filler. The gems as I see it are "At Transformation", "Man Machine Poem", "We Want to Be It", "Now for Plan A", "About This Map", and "Goodnight Attawapiskat." The social media build-up to this album helped whet my appetite as live clips of future album songs were shown on You Tube and videos released on Facebook. This album keeps the urgency of the live versions of "At Transformation", "Man Machine Poem", "We Want to be It", and "Goodnight Attawapiskat" without prettying them up into something "tame" for a studio album. After all, the Hip are best seen live, even though their studio albums are generally very good.

If you're new to The Tragically Hip, buy this album and a ticket to see them live, if you're fortunate enough to be near where they will play on their tour. Plus, do a little homework and google the Canadiana references to Attawapiskat to find out why they wrote a song about a poor Indian (or First Nations, if you like) reservation in northern Ontario.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Crews on December 4, 2012
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I have been a hip fan since 89 but I don't believe I am a fanboy. There was great music but uneven albums that happened during a bit of a slump but so far a bad hip record tends to be better than a really good album by other artists. I thought We Are The Same was a very strong effort and they have topped themselves with Plan A.
The first thing you should know is that this is a record that is a total "grower". I enjoyed my first time through but the 5th time I thought it may be one of their best. Now, many listens later, I am completely haunted by these songs and can't move very far from this album.
The groove has always been a staple of the Hip and this album has grooves that lure you into a van and take you to far away places, almost trance like. Gordie's lyrics are spot on and the social conscience is alive and well on tracks like Goodnight while appeal to the individual's life and struggles in today's vacuum culture. The musicianship is more than pleasing to the ears; it possesses a maturity where the subtleties will overtake you.
There is no need for plan B this album is a gem pure and simple and the more your ears and soul mine, the richer it will make you
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ian on November 8, 2012
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Placing a new Tragically Hip album in the CD Player is like uncorking another fine wine that you have been waiting for so long to savour - at leats since you drank the last one dry. You want to consume it all at once but restrict yourself to small sips from each glass, extending the ectasy and dreaming that the bottle could last forever. Inevitably though you finish the final glass, search the bottle for those last drip drip drips and dream of more more more. Alas you realise the 11th track has finished. Fortunately the analogy does end there as CD can be played again and again - as it has been since I recieved this precious package last week. There can be few bands which throughout their entire careers have consistently produced such fine musical wine with each album as good as or better than the last. Now For Plan A hits the mark big time with Gord Downie delivering those powerful, hypnotic and colourful vocals floating on the Hips equisite melodies and tantalising guitar rythyms. If only they could pump out one of these gems every 6 months and keep the cellar full for the next 30 years the world would be a better place. Drink up people and Dream of a Plan B and C and ............
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Paulette Baker on November 6, 2012
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I've been a Tragically Hip fan for many years and have always been amazed that the band hasn't found the same success south of the border as many other, IMO far less deserving Canadian bands have. While not their best work, this is still a very good album. Gordon Downie is in fine voice, and he and the rest of the band are tuned to rock. Hip fans won't be disappointed; newcomers will be encouraged to check out the entire catalog.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Nicole Youngman on November 17, 2012
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Absolutely loving this one--brilliant rock with just enough Hip-style quirky weirdness here and there to keep things interesting. The lyrics are a bit more surreal than we've had for the last couple of (also brilliant) albums and yeah there are a few parts that take some getting used to (I have to admit the "drip drip" bits haven't quite grown on me yet). Between these guys and Rush though you really don't need much else--I sure wish American rock had half this level of intelligence.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Matthew M. Vacca on February 9, 2013
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Kingston, Ontario's favorite sons deliver perhaps their best album in 10 years. This deeply personal record shows the band in top form after nearly 3 decades together. Lead singer Gord Downie delivers an intimate and passionate performance as the band helps tackle his wife's battle with breast cancer.

The album also feels very loose, as a result of the writing process. Downie asked the band to give him 4-5 of their best music ideas each so he could see which ones he responded to. The result is a mix of their best hard rocking, mid-tempo, and ballad-type songs since Music @ Work from 2000.
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