The Rural Alberta Advantage – Hometowns

by Woody on December 8, 2008

I have to thank eMusic for the discovery of The Rural Alberta Advantage. They told me I would like it. I resisted, but they persisted. I tried to hide, but emails, front page reviews, phone calls in the middle of the night…alright, alright eMusic. I will download your Rural Alberta Advantage. Please just stop. I can’t take it any more.

In the eMusic review, the author compares lead singer Nils Edenloff and The Rural Alberta Advantage to Jeff Mangum and Neutral Milk Hotel. That’s a fair comparison. There are definitely similarities between Mangum and Edenloff, but to put it simply, these guys rock a whole lot harder. In fact it seems like drummer, Paul Banwatt, is often playing off a different set of sheet music. On “Don’t Haunt This Place,” Edenloff’s vocals sound melancholy while Banwatt is working a backbeat that belongs on a Thermals tune.

The third song, “The Deathbridge in Lethbridge,” is an absolute stunner of a tune that hooked me for good. One tune later Amy Cole joins Edenloff, taking on a prominent vocal role. Her sweet, fragile voice cuts like a knife through Edenloff’s somewhat morose sound and I damn near dropped my oatmeal when she started singing midway through the song. Where the hell were they hiding her?

Other top-notch efforts include “Edmonton” and “Frank AB” and I’m sure The Rural Alberta Advantage will soon be enjoying the same buzz they generated in Canada, here in the States. Amazingly they are unsigned, but I can’t see that lasting for very long.

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The Rural Alberta Advantage – Don’t Haunt This Place

The Rural Alberta Advantage – Frank AB

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