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  • Audio CD (July 18, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 1996
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fontana Universal
  • ASIN: B000024M6Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
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The more you listen the more you are hooked.
Steven Woolgar
Flamenco is the greatest tragically hip song ever written, i think the album overall is their best, and they have made alot of great albums - before and since.
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This is the Hip at their most competent and most assured.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Supernova on January 9, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Up until 1996, The Tragically Hip had been a cult (yet extremely successful) hard-rock band from Canada, seemingly played in every Canadian teen's-20s basement with wood paneled walls, shag carpet and a huge red maple leaf hung on the wall. Canadian through and through. As Canadian as maple syrup, mounties, beavers, Gordon Lightfoot, Anne Murray and Wayne Gretzky. Their music was called grungy, alternative and had a "cult" following. Lead singer Gord Downie was reknowned for his ad-lib, bizarre stage performances and the lyrics were some of the most complex, yet eerily strange compositions ever heard. Then 1996 happened and "Trouble At The Henhouse" arrived.

I consider this recording as the turning point for the band. Essentially, they grew up. Sure, the complex lyrics were still there but there was an "adult" acoustic sound that began to creep its way into their repetoire. The hard-driving guitars were mellowed in favour of a more kinder, inclusive sound that sought to bring in a wider audience. Exhibit A: The massive success of "Ahead By A Century", a song that crossed from AOR over to Contemporary Hit Radio. The result was a widening of their audience (something that mushroomed with their next CD "Phantom Power"). It was an acknowledgement that not only was the band getting older but their fan base was as well.

This is not to say that this CD was the beginning of the end of the band or that they "jumped the shark". It is one of those seminal recordings where you get the sense that, after years of doing the same type of sound, the creativity has been tweaked and the band has turned a corner that will result in change - good or bad. The acoustic wanderings on this CD are fitting for such a recording that has such an "earthy" feel to it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marty McCarthy VINE VOICE on March 23, 2003
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Since there is no medium between a 4 star and 5 star rating, I am giving this album the benefit of the doubt in order to set it apart from albums by others that are truly worthy of only a 4 star rating.
The Hip are a tough listen. They are not immediately accessible as the songs, the melodies and the riffs take a while to sink in. What is required by the listener approaching The Hip in general and this album in particular is an open mind and a committment to listen to the album more than once before making any sort of judgment.
With that said, the one song that is immediately accessible is "Ahead By a Century." With its subtle lyrics and its equally subtle acoustic guitar it stands out as something you have surely never heard before.
Then there is a song like "Springtime in Vienna" which requires several listens and a trip to the library to check out a book called "A Nervous Splendor: Vienna, 1888-1889" by Frederic Morton to fully understand what Gordon Downie means when he repeats the refrain, "We'll live to survive our paradoxes."
All in all, "Trouble at the Henhouse" is not "Day For Night" but then again, no Tragically Hip album really sounds like a copy of another.
Give "Henhouse" a chance
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By KingBoris on June 25, 2007
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Flamenco is the greatest tragically hip song ever written, i think the album overall is their best, and they have made alot of great albums - before and since.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 24, 2000
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Of all the Hip CD's I have, this one grew on me the fastest. Generally, they take a long time to get into your head, but this one was there, like one of the other reviews said, from the first notes of "Gift Shop." Everything on here is stellar. I love "The Apartment Song," as Gord admonishes his listener "What our apartment does when we're not around/ Does not concern us..." Wow! Never thought of it that way, or at all, really, and you feel like you should, and you just LOATHE the horrible esthete by the end of the song. A classic in every way.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By state on May 7, 2009
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Trouble at the Henhouse was the Hip's 6th album, and, back in 1996 when it was issued, they were the undisputed rulers of the Canadian airwaves. The Tragically Hip captured the Zeitgeist during the 90's from Road Apples (1991)[Canadian slang for beers consumed on a long highway journey], Fully Completely (1992), Day for Night (1994), and completed by this effort and 1998's Phantom Power. These 5 albums form the core of the Hip's legacy with Trouble at the Henhouse being the last of them which conveyed a sense that the Hip were invincible.

The 21st century however has not been nearly as kind to them. Music at Work (2000) onwards is a different phase in their career, and though there is much good in their second full decade, it is their first where they rocked in a way that only the great bands can. What made the Hip great was the quirky and insightful observations of their lead singer, Gordon Downie (for example from "Springtime in Vienna": 'we live to survive our paradoxes'; from "Flamenco": 'maybe a prostitute could teach you how to take a compliment' etc). Even though the lyrics are poetic, even though there is a cleverness to Downie's turns of phrase, these songs are songs about the common man and the common man's problems with the common man.

The first five songs are individually stunning and collectively amazing. Standing by themselves they would serve to make Trouble in the Henhouse a great work; however, what makes it a classic is that, save for "Coconut Cream" and "Put it Off", the rest rate 5-stars. Perfect for the beach on a lazy hot day: let the Hip infect you with that childlike sense of wonder, allow the music to envelop you and soon Gordon Downie will have you singing along. Five ***** stars.
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