The record is somewhat divided by wallowing ballad “Time Can Be Overcome,” and with the exception of listener-friendly “Brother Run Them Down” and “Credit River,” “Time” is the point at which the album officially becomes top-heavy due to the slowed tempo of its second half – a bold and rare move for a band which usually alternates before ending on a folk ballad.
“Million Star Hotel” is blaring and bluesy, while “Trans Canada” builds up and bursts into a fantastic, all-out fighting effort. “Shower of Stones,” sung by guitarist Steve Lambke, is miraculously thrilling and terrifying, its wall of guitar and rolling tom drums mimicking a blast of rocks tumbling down a cliff in sheets.
And “Our Age,” perhaps the best offering here, is to Kensington Heights what “On to You” was to Shine a Light. Its chorus releases a level of passion in you that you didn’t know existed, and quite inexplicably at that.
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