“Oh not another of Helen’s nostalgic rambles”, I hear you utter in about 10 seconds time, but ... I just wanted to give you a heads-up on a new album, which will probably fly under the UK’s radar unless someone takes the lead on it ...
When I was travelling across Canada in 1996 – a heavy metal chick, with a penchant for long haired bikers and tattoos – I was sitting smoking on my friends porch one evening, when from her living room floated a song which has stayed with me to this day.
The song was “Blew It Again” by Blue Rodeo – I was instantly hooked, and I literally jumped on a bus the next day, headed to downtown Calgary, and bought their entire discography ... which has since grown quite considerably.
Now ... as it happens, Blue Rodeo are a Canadian Country rock band, although their albums tend to be quite eclectic (Please go and check them out ... you’ll understand what I mean!).
That slight deviation in my musical journey, also placed lead singer Jim Cuddy as one of my top 3 vocalists of ALL time.
A few years later the band toured the UK, and I had the great privilege of meeting them at Manchester Academy where they played to a crowd roughly 100th of the size they would turn out for in their homeland. Proper Fan Girl moment!!! Haha ... But now I am rambling ...
SO! I’ll attempt to arrive at this articles destination.
Jim Cuddy’s latest solo album CONSTELLATION is, in my opinion, his finest work to date.
Don’t be put off by the fact that I have used the word ‘Country’ in the blurb – it’s not “YEE-HAW”, lasso wielding, Stetson toting, “my dog died and my wife left me” kind of country ... but it is guitar driven, toe tapping, and country edged ; purely and simply, it’s outstanding, perceptive, empathetic song writing.
Cuddy’s vocals NEVER falter, and his ballads WILL give you goosebumps, of that I have no doubt.
Everything I wanted to say about the album and indeed Jim Cuddy, is surmised brilliantly here on his website (that’s not a cop out, I just struggle to remain objective on this one!)