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The newest Crash Test Dummies CD is a melancholy collection of songs. Some are songs of love and hope; others are much darker, and even at times apocalyptic. Brad Roberts has teamed up with producer Scott Harding to produce this lush recording, made in an old Catholic church in Duluth, Minnesota. The combination of the massive 19th century pipe organ and the enormous resonance of the room make this record the most haunting Crash Test Dummies record yet. Many other unconventional instruments appear on the record as well, including the harp and kettle drums. Guest appearances include Suzzy Roche, who sings some sonnets with Mr. Roberts. Founding member and back up vocalist Ellen Reid harmonizes beautifully all over the record. Never have Mr. Roberts and Ms. Reid sounded quite this good together.

1. Prelude
2. Sonnet 1
3. And So Will Always Be
4. The Unforgiven Ones
5. Interlude 1
6. Come Down To The Sinkhole
7. Is The Spell Really Broken?
8. Everlasting Peace
9. Sonnet 2
10. The Beginning Of The End
11. Interlude 2
12. You’ve Had Your Run
13. There Is No Final Winner
14. You’ve Done It Once Again
15. Sonnet 3
16. The Wicked And The Evil
17. Postlude

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 12, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Spv U.S.
  • ASIN: B000620NHM
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #195,635 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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If you liked "I don't care if you don't mind," than you should love this.
Wesley McCraw
His voice is magnificently deep and sombre in this album, bringing his emotional lyrics to life perfectly.
Andrew Jensen
The songs are also very similar musically - they have similar structure, with similar chords.
Lubo

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Jason Stein VINE VOICE on February 9, 2005
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The Crash Test Dummies website describes "Songs Of The Unforgiven" as a stylistic shift from 2003's "Puss 'N' Boots", and they aren't kidding. They go on to say that this new album is similar to something Nick Cave or Tom Waits would do. I actually felt it was something more like fellow Canadian Leonard Cohen would produce.

There are 17 tracks, but really there are 10 full-formed songs couched in between three sonnets and four interludes that are all very short. I felt that this album was better than "Puss 'N' Boots" musically and lyrically. It's not up to their best work such as 1991's "The Ghosts That Haunt Me" and 1993's "God Shuffled His Feet", but there's something compelling in the lyrics of "Unforgiven" and Brad's dreary drone. The songs are pretty much about evil, corruption and the end of everything. It works pretty well, but there's little variation.

In fact, this album is quite homogenous in its approach and sound, and many of the songs sound alike. This works as a whole album though, but if you are looking for individual tracks that stand out, you will not find one. I have to hand it to Brad Roberts for keeping the band going (even though it's just him now with Ellen Reid lending her voice at times), and for going independent rather than selling out to the major labels. Most bands in this position would have sold out, but not Brad.

If I had to point to the best songs I'd pick "And So Will Always Be", "The Unforgiven Ones", "Is The Spell Really Broken", "Everlasting Peace" and "The Wicked And The Evil".

Let's just say that I hope Brad feels better soon, because this is the third Crash Test Dummies album in a row that has been downbeat. Maybe a reunification with the other four members might rejuvenate the music?
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A. Mesnar on October 13, 2004
Format: Audio CD
If your a CTD fan, you know not one album will be like the next. It is always interesting to see what Brad will come up with next. Strangely enough, this one is as deep in the roots of old contemporary country. It is slow the whole way through and a dark album, with incredible lyrics and vocals. This album is perfect for the fall season, when everything is getting darker and dying. It is a setting for Autumn. I again think this album is one of his better albums. I would say if you like "Ghosts That Haunt Me Now" and "I Dont Care" albums this is perfect blend of the 2. However don't expect the pace to ever get any faster then what it is. Nice work Brad, another great album.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Scott Baret on October 13, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I really like this new album. After being hooked on CTD by a friend over the summer, I have listened to the band almost every day. This one is much different from the well-known "God Shuffled His Feet" and is more melancholy in nature. The lyrics, sung by Brad Roberts in his haunting baritone voice, are very thought provoking. Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jim on December 20, 2004
Format: Audio CD
If you like the CTD, I can't see how you would not like this latest cd. Every one of their previous cd's is unique in its own right, and this one is no different. I can ALWAYS find a CTD cd to fit a particular mood I am in. This latest is very dark and easy to listen to. In fact, this one has prompted me to cycle through all their previous a number of times. It reminds me of how much I like Brad's voice and how much I love this band. More to the qualities of this CD: Dark, slow, sad,
depressing. I LOVE IT! I will always be a CTD fan and hope that they continue to produce unique music for a very long time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ***Doum666*** on February 14, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Brad Roberts and the dummies have been making folk & rock music since the early 90's. Their highest peak was also during that period , it was when the band released "The Ghost That Haunt me" in 1991 and "God Shuffled His Feet" in 1993. Their music kept evolving over the past few years and they've never been afraid to try new things. It is true to say they've never sold out, not even when they were at their lowest but it was clear that the music changed and became a bit different from the first 2 albums...The catchy and farmy grooves were gone......it wasn't for everyone anymore.....

Songs Of The Unforgiven was following "Puss N Boots" in 2003 but was not like its predecessor at all. While Puss N Boots was more rock/pop oriented with more catchy melodies and groovy songs, "Songs Of The Unforgiven" was a lot darker, deep, profound and intimate. The songs were a lot slower and the lyrics a lot more personal. Brad's voice is still as deep and still as compelling as it was but the whole concept for the album was a lot more "apocalyptic" in a very smooth and unconventional way...I know there is no such thing as a "smooth apocalypse" but it's precisely what we can feel when listening to this record. Lyrics are good, very profound and personal with tales of guilt, love, hope and a few biblical references as well. Despite the fact the album is a bit slower and has darker themes, It is a beautiful album with great arrangements and instumentations. Piano, Violins, acoustic guitar, harmonium and banjo to name a few are some of the instruments used to record the album. Ellen Reid is also on the album with Brad and once again her voice brings a unique contribution to the songs, my personal favourite would be "There is No Final Winner"...beautiful arrangements with beautiful backing vocals...
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