- Audio CD (June 17, 2003)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Umvd Labels
- ASIN: B00009PJPR
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
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We Were Born in a Flame
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Sam Roberts ~ We Were Born In A Flame
A Montreal native and former hockey player, Sam Roberts gave up dreams of becoming a star Canadien [stet] to embark on a musical career. Given the track record of most jocks behind the mic, this doesnt exactly portend great results, but Roberts's full-length debut is pretty good. Roberts writes tuneful folk-rock and power-pop tunes, many of them built around a percussively strummed acoustic guitar. Musically, he covers some of the same musical territory as Travis, but overall the effect is more extroverted and aggressive, less wispy and melancholic. Three of this CD's best songs are lifted by an earlier EP, Inhuman Condition, but theres not a bum track among the 13 included here (although an unnecessary '70s rock-star guitar solo comes close to ruining the otherwise gorgeous and seductive orchestral pop of "Taj Mahal"). Canada seems full of musical artists who don't quite translate outside that countrys national borders, but the bright, confident appeal of Robertss full-length bow is far more universal. --Keith Moerer
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Top Customer Reviews
Thanks for an amazing album Mr. Roberts and for proving that SMART and REAL rock 'n roll still exists in the hearts and minds of the young. In a musical wasteland where most of todays youth willingly numb their minds to the horrible sounds of a never ending supply of talentless artists, this CD will restore hope to anyone who is a fan of real rock 'n roll.
I can safely pick this release without hesitation as the best rock 'n roll album released by ANYONE in 2004.
"we've got one life to live - but we're doing it wrong" - Sam Roberts
He is an amazing songwriter and his tunecrafting skills stand up well next to early Brian Wilson and Paul McCartney (of course realizing that he is just a beginner.) His hooks are instantly catchy and you will find yourself tapping your feet within the first 30 seconds of "Hard Road" - the opening track. Along with Brother Down, Taj Mahal, and Every Part of Me, Hard Road is a stand-out track and contains some gripping and intelligent lyrics (something of a rarity in today's reductionistic and formulaic music world!) He is young but writes with eloquence about the ubiquitous human efforts at finding the easy life and avoiding the bumps of the real world. He opines, "There's no road that ain't a hard road to travel on." Like Pierce Pettis (another overlooked genius) he is able to chronicle the travails of life in this fallen world without offering therapeutic platitudes like "believing in yourself" or something similar. While true hope and significant answers are missing, art does not by nature have to be redemptive. On this record, Roberts chooses to narrate the problems of humanity and creation rather than offer solutions, but in doing so he manages to escape falling into the Disneyesque moralism so prevalent in popular media and music.
Along with compelling and inquiring lyrics, and great songcraft, Sam Roberts is also an interesting musician and decides here to play all the instruments except for percussion. This rarely works (Lenny Kravitz' "Let Love Rule" is the only other recent success that I can think of) but Sam Roberts pulls it off and the record ends up sounding like it was recorded with a talented studio band. Production and mixing efforts are handled by Brenndan McGuire, but to discover this you have to search; his name is buried in minute font in the credits of the Universal release. To my knowledge, he is a newcomer, but he is talented and should get some more work after this excellent outing at the helm.
Enjoy this record, Sam will be around for a while
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