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The title of Alberta Cross' 2012 studio album, Songs of Patience is, in many ways, literal. It's been three long years since the band last released a full-length album. The highs and lows of their journey raised a grander set of ideas, infusing the disc's title with additional universal meaning. After touring extensively on their debut, Broken Side Of Time, with bands like Them Crooked Vultures, Oasis, and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, and stopping at festivals like Bonnaroo and Sasquatch, Alberta Cross headed to an old, abandoned house in the middle of nowhere near Woodstock, NY. There, they braved freezing winter and embraced a sense of the building's haunted past to envision ideas for a new record. In the end, the record is the sum of three year's worth of parts - a struggle that concluded in victory. Three different producers, Joe Chiccarelli, Mike Daly and Claudius Mittendorfer. It opens new possibilities for the band's visceral live show, a notable facet of the group defined by their raucous, gritty onstage performances that swell the tracks into bigger, more expansive versions of themselves.
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  • Audio CD (July 13, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: ATO Records
  • ASIN: B00864605G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,619 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Paul Allaer TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 23, 2012
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Alberta Cross released the "Thief and Heartbreaker" EP in 2007, which it then followed with a very enticing debut album "The Broken Side of Time" in 2010, which I had in my top 20 of best albums of that year. The band took to the road in a massive way in support of that album, and after some personnel changes (the band is by now officially down to just a duo--Petter Ericosn Stakee and Terry Wolfers), now finally comes the band's 2nd album (3rd if you count the EP).

"Songs of Patience" (10 tracks; 43 min.) starts off with the mammoth-sized "Magnolia", which screams "arenas!" from the opening sounds. And truth be told, it is one of the best songs of the album, no doubt. The band's overall sound is a bit more polished than on "Broken Side", and the songs sound "full". Check out "Lay Down" and "Come On Maker", which both frankly remind me of latter-day Oasis. The second half of the album starts off with a biting "Wasteland" and it seems indeed that the energy level is higher on the second half of the album, check out also "Money for the Weekend (Pocket Full of Shame)", my favorite track on the album. The closing track "Bonfires" is the only acoustic guitar-based song on here, and a nice way to close out the album.

In all, Alberta Cross has stepped up their game with this album, displaying an ambition that was not quite as readily apparent on previous releases. I have seen these guys live on several occasions, including earlier this month here at the Bunbury Music Festival here in Cincinnati, where they brought a thunderous 50 min. afternoon set that was just fantastic, playing a number of tracks from this new album, including an unforgettable Money for the Weekend. If you liked "Broken Side", you wil certainly not be disappointed. If you are new to this band, come on and jump on the bandwagon before they are the next My Morning Jacket or Kings of Leon (in popularity). "Songs of Patience" is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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I just can't find words to express how much I love this band. Ever since their debut "the Thief and the Heartbreaker" this band has captivated my heart and of many other people. It's a delicious brand of folk/rock with one of the most unique voices in indie rock today. This album excels in every way I expected it to. May be my favorite of the year so far.
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Regardless of what musical genre you enjoy, you will find a number of bands that are good, but not really great. Unfortunately, Alberta Cross falls into that categorization in the folk rock genre. Petter Ericson Stakee amd Terry Wolfers are good songwriters and musicians. Stakee is a good singer. But there is something missing, something preventing the group from crossing that threshold into greatness.

That said, there are fleeting moments of brilliance from the band. If you have the patience to listen through the entire Songs Of Patience album (which again isn't bad, but isn't great), you will hear hints of something more than good on the last two tracks, "Money For The Weekend (Pocket Full Of Shame)" and "Bonfires." The former is so good, in fact, it was included on the soundtrack for Madden NFL 12.
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these guys haven't missed yet. begin with the Thief and the Heartbreaker E.P., followed by what might turn out to be their finest hour (we'll see): Broken Side of Time is nearly flawless. a hard act to follow. the Rolling Thunder E.P. is worth it for "Wait" alone. now comes Songs of Patience, and it's suitably titled. the first listens, i'll admit, left me slightly underwhelmed...

it was "Magnolia" that changed my mind. the emotion i get from the track is hard to quantify. then the dominoes began to fall. "Crate of Gold" is the heaviest Patience gets, and i must admit wishing they'd get there a bit more often. fantastic tune. other highlights are the surging "Ophelia On My Mind" and closer "Bonfires".

i don't think "Money for the Weekend" had to be repeated (featured on Rolling Thunder). and the two tracks leading into "Bonfires" are good, not great. but Alberta Cross needs to keep making music. there aren't many bands like them around anymore. here's hoping more people start listening...
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these guys never cease to amaze me,with this album you get a full taste of what they're capable of and how far they've come in terms of their musical evolution,this album is a masterpiece it takes you through a realization of what it means to live,it goes anywhere from simple joys in life to heartbreaking epiphanys,these guys are something very special in the world of music,i definitely recommend for anyone to get this,plus the download of the album comes with a bonus live track wich is an amazon exclusive.
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