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Palace of Gold

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On Palace of Gold, vocalists/guitarists Jim Cuddy and Greg Keelor not only confirm their reputation as a songwriting tour de force, but also experiment with Stax/Volt-inspired horns and strings. The result is fresh and innovative, yet remains close to the group's roots.

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Many years on, and Jim Cuddy and Greg Keelor still function superbly as co-singer-songwriters--the former creating wide-eyed pop, the latter twangy country. And they still approach each record as a chance to stretch. Even longtime fans will find appreciable differences in sound on Palace of Gold, notably in the abundance of horns. While the group claims to have been gunning for a Stax vibe, several songs--Keelor's languid, trumpet-tweaked "What a Surprise" for instance--are more Herb Alpert than Otis Redding. Cuddy, the more versatile of the two, weighs in on both ends of the musical spectrum. The plaintive ballad "Bulletproof" is pure emotion while "Walk Like You Don't Mind" sounds like a fantastically hip outtake from Grease. As with past efforts, the tracks tend to be evenly split between the two singers, and each gets terrific support from the band. James Gray's organ on "Glad to Be Alive" adds testimonial fever to an otherwise straight-up country-pop declaration, while ex-Wilco multi-instrumentalist Bob Egan graffitis mandolin and steel guitar across these various tracks. Cuddy's "Love Never Lies"--a knock-kneed acoustic weeper--comes closest to marrying his and Keelor's divergent sensibilities, throwing in a string section for good measure. And people worship the Hip.... --Kim Hughes

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Palace of Gold
  2. Holding On
  3. Homeward Bound Angel
  4. Bulletproof
  5. Comet
  6. Walk Like You Don't Mind
  7. Love Never Lies
  8. Stage Door
  9. Cause for Sympathy
  10. What a Surprise
  11. Clearer View
  12. Glad to Be Alive
  13. Find a Way to Say Goodbye
  14. Tell Me Baby
  15. Working on the Railroad - Bonus track
  16. Bad Timing - Bonus track
  17. You're Everywhere - Bonus track


Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 16, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rounder
  • Run Time: 70 minutes
  • ASIN: B0000A5A3P
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,491 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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For a band like Blue Rodeo to really grab my attention at this stage of their career, they'd have to put out something completely incredible. After all, for any Canadian kid growing up in the late-80's to mid-90's Jim Cuddy, Greg Keelor and company were a continual part of the Canadian music scene. Whether is was slow dancing to Try, losing yourself in Lost Together or yelling along to Hasn't Hit Me Yet, every rock or country fan of the north probably has at least one Blue Rodeo album kicking around their collection. So many, such as I once did, might feel that the band's glory days are over and they'd fade away into the twilight of their career as a band.
Then this summer I wandered on down with my family to a show Blue Rodeo did in Toronto. My expectations were pretty low, play a couple of the old tunes, try to wow me with some new stuff and I'll head on home and forget about the band. But when Cuddy, Keelor and company launched into the new stuff off their then upcoming album, I was immediately impressed. These country-rock boys brought out a horn-section and orchestra and launched into their new stuff with such confidence that I immediately new I would be buying their next record.
Palace Of Gold was that record and it is simply put the best thing the band has put out. Much like Five Days In July, Palace Of Gold's highpoints come when the band sticks to a slow, mellow groove that on this album is added to by a lush sounding orchestra and horn background that adds a depth to the band's sound that hasn't been heard before. Bulletproof, the first single, is that rare commodity in today's music scene, a slow orchestral ballad that doesn't come across as sappy. Stage Door manages the same trick with the song's confessional lyrics sounding real and honest.
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Blue Rodeo has done it again. This time the vision is more expansive than ever, aided by The Planet Soul Strings, The Bushwhack Horns, and Bob Egan's expressive guitar. The result is the fusion of great songwriting we've come to expect from Jim Cuddy and Greg Keelor, the heartfelt playing of the band itself, and a more lavish production style.
The songs are what ultimately matter here. The band covers a lot of territory from heartbreaking ballads like "Bulletproof","Love Never Lies", and "Tell Me Baby"; to the rockers "Walk Like You Don't Mind" and "Clearer View"; to soulful tunes like "Glad to Be Alive" and "Find a Way to Say Goodbye". It's the kind of album you want to hear whether you're stuck in traffic or driving on the open road.
It's priceless.
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The boys have added strings and horns to their sound on this album
and have got the mixture just right on most of the songs. If you
have heard anything by Blue Rodeo before you will be familuar with
Jim Cuddy's great country rock voice ,well it really stands out this time on "love never dies" and "cause for sympathy".Over all
about 90 percent of the tracks are great and meet "I want to hear
that again leave it in the CD player " mesure of a great disk.
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I've been listening to Blue Rodeo since the 80's and have seen them a number of times live. This album is a very good effort and while not every cut can be considered a "HIT" like most of their other albums it's a very enjoyable listen. I like the horns and the extra cuts are cool...if you're a fan you will not be disappointed. (If you're thinking about a first purchase I recommend "Just like a Vacation", you'll be hooked and will eventually want to pick up all their albums.)
The 5 stars here is because this band really shines live and is a "must see". I saw them on the tour for this album in San Fransicso Sept 2003, playing a small club. Gregg was not there (his dad was ill and he flew home to be with him) but this didn't stop the guys from putting on a killer show (over 2 hours!). "Oh Susana" opened up (she has a great voice - check her band out), her guitar player sat in with Blue Rodeo. That kid totally rocked out, it was simply great -- apparently he picked up the parts the day before or something like that. These guys played in Toronto to 450 000 people along with the Stones and AC/DC and in San Fran they play a 250 seat club. Figure that out. They deserves so much more recognition! Thanks guys, keep on rockin' and don't forget us canucks on the west coast...sometimes we really need a fix...and some whisky of course.
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Blue Rodeo is a canadian treasure band.recieved 5 days in july as a gift.now one of my favorite cds and band.these guys can write songs and are tremendous singers.its too bad for america that more people are not aware of this band,the talent is just incredible.Please american producers,get these guys to play for american audiences.rival any american country/rock band
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By A Customer on January 14, 2003
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Like some of the other reviews here deriding this album, I was not impressed ... at first. Although listenable, the first seven songs seem done before with the obligatory politcal statement "Palace of Gold" being one of their weakest songs in recent recordings. But when I put this album on again for the first time in a few months, I as able to truly appreciate the quality in the remaining songs. Beginning with "Stage Door", the use of the horns and violins added a refreshing new mix to the already unique BR sound. In particular, "Stage Door" and "What a Surprise" integrates the new sound with strong melody to create two of the best recordings to come out of BR. It find it quite ironic that these two songs represent the best efforts on this album since I am generally a Jim Cuddy fan. But in recent albums, I am finding more often that Greg Keelor has created the unique melody and lyrics in his songs that I usually expect from Jim. If you have not heard the previous album, check out "bitter fruit", "andrea", "this road" and especially "rage". Overall, the CD is worth getting if you are a BR fan.
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