The Wooden Sky – If I Don’t Come Home You’ll Know I’m Gone [Album Review]

by That Guy on September 3, 2009

the wooden sky

To quote the great Cosmo Kramer:

“Wood, Jerry. Wood.”

There’s a lot of bands that we’ve reviewed on HearYa with “Wood” in the name – The Deep Dark Woods, Wooden Wand, Royal Wood, The Wooden Birds. Heck, even one of our writers is named Woody and the first compilation we ever put out was called Earwood Volume 1. What’s the moral of this story? You guessed it. We flipping‚ adore wood.

Enter Wooden Sky. Canadian? Check. Wood in the name? Check. This is looking promising already.‚ And upon my first listen to their just-released album, If I Don’t Come Home You’ll Know I’m Gone, I was sold hook, line, and sinker. While these guys have been playing together since 2003, they’ve somehow managed to fly under our radar. Shame on us. They’re right up our alley (and since you’re here, probably yours, too). Self-described as‚ “folk rock” or alt-country, The Wooden Sky is a blend of everything that’s‚ good about music today.

I found the album easy to digest upon the first listen, which is good for my short attention span. But that’s not to say the album is at all boring – it‚ bounces between folk rockers like “The Late King Henry,” slower ballads like the standout track “Oslo,” and‚ shuffling country-twinged numbers like‚ “Oh My God‚ (It Still Means a Lot To Me).” The vocals on each track are outstanding, conjuring a more talented Mason Jennings at times and a less frenetic Michael Glabicki at others (25 cents to anyone who knows who that is). And the female backing vocals add depth to a number of the songs.

This is a great album – give it a try. Wood, Jerry. Wood. Catch them touring with Elliott Brood this fall.

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The Wooden Sky – Something Hiding For Us in the Night

Video: The Wooden Sky – Oh My God (It Still Means a Lot To Me)

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Woody September 3, 2009 at 6:06 am

This is a stellar disc, and I agree with That Drinking Buddy Guy that it is a must-have for anybody who is a fan of the site. And that show is with Elliot Brood is a must-see for anybody who likes rocking.

Litiot September 3, 2009 at 6:26 am

The ‘wood’ thing works for books as well:

Vanessa September 3, 2009 at 3:15 pm

i am digging this hard. that voice. i can already hear a silence overcome the room while he sings.

um, did i miss it or have you guys posted September shows already?

oz September 3, 2009 at 6:18 pm

We have slacked on September shows. The editor of this site is on cross country flights this week, so things on HearYa are slowing down to a crawl.

Oh, and agree that this is a great album.

Aubin September 9, 2009 at 1:50 pm

Any idea on how I go about buying this album?? I’m really wanting to get my hands on it, but it’s been rather difficult. For whatever reason, it’s only avail. in the Canadian iTunes store, and apparently the US kids can’t purchase from there. The local indie record stores don’t even carry it (which is surprising for Austin). The only real option I’ve found is paying an extra $15 or so to have it shipped from the label in Canada…

oz September 9, 2009 at 7:27 pm
steve@burnthebowery September 11, 2009 at 12:17 pm

I’m so glad people are catchin’ on to these guys. Great band and one of my fav’s of the year so far.
their ’07 album is stellar as well.

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