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Broken Side of Time

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2009 debut album from the New York-based rockers. Alberta Cross, the album, was produced by Mike McCarthy (Trail Of Dead, Spoon) and mixed by Andy Wallace's right hand man John O'Mahoney (Depeche Mode, Kasabian) in Austin, Texas and NYC. For fans of Kings Of Leon, Pearl Jam, Band Of Horses, My Morning Jacket and The Shins.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 5, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: ATO Records
  • ASIN: B002JTHX14
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,119 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By S. ODonnell on March 12, 2010
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This is truly an epic release. Haven't heard a rock album which is jaw dropping in a long while, but Broken Side of Time does just that. Since I've purchased this album, as apparently it was 1st released in late Sept, then for some reason unavailable, but again re-released March 9th, it has been in my every day rotation. It's one of those albums you pop in your disc changer, but months later you dare not take it out. While I have Alberta Cross' 7 song EP, and it's good, Broken Side of Time will rock much harder from start to finish. You won't skip a track. The singing croons a bit like Neil Young, but in an edgy darker way. Perhaps if Neil Young himself started today, this is what he'd produce in voice, but it rocks you like a Zeppelin album. In comparison, I could see these guys having similar career paths to both. Looking forward to seeing them in April when they come to Philly w/ BRMC.
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Solid, solid album. My closest comparison would be Ryan Adams blasting through Neil Young's wall of amps after a tough day. Excellent dynamics, with brooding, mellow parts followed by sheets of distorted, feedbacking guitar. 4 stars instead of 5, as I think they can take this to another level, but this one isn't coming out of the player for a while.
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Bluesy rock that's really moving. This album hits a little harder as a whole than their EP, and with cleaner production on the tracks that carried over. Sometimes that's a bad thing but this album is amazing from start to finish. My personal favorite album of 2010 so far.
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I like this album a lot. The music steadily roles good tunes, without much playing but every tone is right and the overall sound perfectly conveys the intention of the songwriter. The singing is excellent and given the supporting role of the music it matters a lot for this CD carrying it along very well. As the singer also authored all the songs, his name is definitely worth remembering (Stakke or so?). True gem, strongly recommended, one of rare less-known pieces that is absolutely worth the money.
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I saw Alberta Cross live at a music festival and thought they were pretty amazing. They have a really interesting rock sound with some blues to them. Although these guys have a unique sound, they possess a level of classic British rock to their music. Great guitar riffs supplemented with vocals make this band someone to check out. There's a mix of heavier fast songs and slower more melodic songs for a nice variety.
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If this band has not Made It Big by the time you read this review, then it is only a matter of time.
Combining elements of My Morning Jacket, Portugal the Man, classic blues, and dare I say, the more rhythmic aspects of Bush, Alberta Cross has created an album that is diverse, engaging, and worthy of many repeated listens. While the band boasts a powerful rhythm section and a guitar attack that strikes the right balance between aggression and melody, it is the voice of the lead singer that is its greatest weapon. This singer has personality, and the warbles and nuances he inserts in his singing- see "Broken Side of Time" for an example of what sounds like studio manipulation but is just a man who knows how to use his voice- turns his voice into an extra instrument that transcends the vocals above what are admittedly- at times- pedestrian lyrics.
"ATX" is a tale of debauchery that chugs along like the aforementioned Bush. "Broken Side of Time" is a slowly building set piece that provides an unsettling core to a multi-faceted album. "Rise from the Shadows" is a minimalist gospel number that shows what the band can accomplishment without the aid of electric guitars. The two songs remade from their EP, "The Thief and the Heartbreaker" and "Old Man Chicago", were highlights on the EP and while still catchy songs (the latter sounds especially stronger here), they are two of the more standard numbers, illustrating what a strong collection this is.
A great live band, Alberta Cross demonstrates originality, energy, and enough interesting ideas on this 10 song collection to make this a band to look out for. A great album!
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Great record...as others have noted, not a dud in the bunch. Singer Petter Stakee's voice is incredibly ethereal...I've been fortunate enough to have seen them live three times, and it's been epic every time.

What I find most interesting are the incredibly wide range of comparisons I've seen, not only here but in all reviews of their records or shows. And while you can indeed hear echoes of so many other artists - for me, it's Blind Melon, Neil & Crazy Horse, a bit of Pearl Jam, Black Crowes and Kings of Leon - they nonetheless have a unique, classic, timeless-yet-modern sound.

It's impossible to pick a favorite: Hard rockers "ATX" and "Leave Us And Forgive Us," where the wall of guitars built by Stakee and guitarist Sam Kearney compete with Stakee's howling voice, quieting down with the haunting "Ghost of City Life" and "Rise From the Shadows" (a highlight each time I've seen them). Plus, the epic title track, slow-builders "Song Three Blues" and "Thief and the Heartbreaker," classic-sounding singalong "Old Man Chicago" - I think I've mentioned every song but the (pretty much only) upbeat song, "Taking Control," reminiscent of their earlier stuff, and "City Walls," only by default my least favorite - still a fantastic song!

My only complaints, and they're quite minor: I wish there was some ripping lead guitar, at least on some songs. Perhaps because I'm a child of the '80s (and thus, the '70s as well), i.e. Van Halen, Zeppelin, Floyd, etc. That said, it's not necessary - I just think some tasty leads could add to the songs. Marc Ford is currently a free agent - how well would he fit in?

Other complaint: As amazing as Stakee's voice is, and as passionate as his singing, many lyrics are extremely difficult to understand.
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