The best band in Canada once again panders to its non-existent American audience.
An exceptionally well-crafted piece of why rock and roll matters.
Blitzen Trapper – Wild Mountain Nation (Lidkercow) If a friend ever gives you a hard time about rock music being too predictable nowadays, play them this.
The Black Keys – Magic Potion (Nonesuch) On this album, the Black Keys concentrate on mood and feel in addition to their trademarked badass riffs.
Sloan – Never Hear the End of It (Yep Roc) Huge stars in their Canadian homeland but shamefully unknown in the States, Sloan throws their balls to the wall and puts out an overwhelming, 30-track tour de force. And it’s good.