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The Rural Alberta Advantage - Departing

The folkrockers that make up The Rural Alberta Advantage are back wit the follow-up to their widely acclaimed debut, “Hometowns”. It was that album that got them signed to Saddle Creek (Bright Eyes, Rilo Kiley,…), who have now released “Departing”.

The band simply picks up where they left off with opener “Two Lovers”, a mellow acoustic song about well, two lovers. Other themes that are further explored on “Departing” are small towns and winter in Canada. Yup, themes that lend themselves perfectly to big words like nostalgia and melancholy. In songs like “The Breakup” and “Muscle Relaxants” they up the tempo, thus proving they are very capable of rocking out as well.

Overall this is a pretty good album but it never really hits home like say, Band Of Horses or The Arcade Fire. Decent enough to listen to a bunch of times though but ultimately slightly disappointing.
Score: 6 out of 10

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