The Rural Alberta Advantage - The Wild
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Based on 6 reviews
2017 Ratings: #302 / 734
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Based on 18 ratings
October 13, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
Paper Bag, Saddle Creek / Label
Indie Rock / Genres
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Pleasant album. Really polished and not without interesting moments, it's an easy album for beginners in indie music.

However, it's SO deja-vu and way too clean to be a must have for experimanted listeners.
The Rural Alberta Advantage are certainly keeping alive the trademark Saddle Creek sound, but while the original bands earned comparisons to vague 70s touchstones, “The Wild” specifically recalls mid-2000s hallmark albums from once label-mates Bright Eyes and Rilo Kiley. It’s a tall order to match these bands, and for this reason, “The Wild” comes off as a bit nondescript and ordinary, despite strong work on behalf of the drums and guitars. Without any special ... read more
For me, part of the draw to this band was the rawness of the vocals and instrumentation in combination with the indie folk. This record sounds super clean and loses its rough feel. Nothing wrong with trying a new style, as I think some people will like this record, but I just think this is too simple and not nearly as interesting.

Favorite Tracks: Dead/Alive, Brother
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Track List

  1. Beacon Hill
  2. Bad Luck Again
  3. Dead / Alive
  4. Brother
  5. Toughen Up
  6. White Lights
  7. Alright
  8. Selfish Dreams
  9. Wild Grin
  10. Letting Go
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Added on: August 29, 2017