review: made us strangers

by Joe Cornelisse, Sonic More Music

When a record starts off as strong as The Young Novelists sophomore album ‘made us strangers’ does with the track “Palindrome” you have to wonder how they can keep it up over twelve tracks…the wondering ceases as track #2 “singer-songwriter” begins.

The album has an edgier feel to it than their debut studio album ‘In the Year You Were Born’ (thanks to John Law’s killer guitar work) but it still maintains the feel of flight that their harmonies conjure up every time I hear them.

Graydon James has been working hard because his vocals have matured with the tracks “singer-songwriter” & “brothers in the garage”, they just stand out and command to be heard; and as usual we have Laura Spink’s beautiful background harmonies to compliment the whole record.

Standout tracks: Palindrome, Brothers in the Garage and Come Back to Me

The Band:

Alex Dodd – piano, organ
Graydon James – acoustic guitar, vocals
John Law – acoustic & electric guitar
Laura Spink – vocals, percussion
Michael Paddage – drums, percussion
Shawn Jurek – bass, vocals

The Young Novelists play a show in Orillia, Ont at The Brownstone Café on May the 9th, other upcoming tour dates are listed below:

05.01.15 Hamilton, ON – Homegrown Hamilton
05.02.15 London, ON – London Music Club
05.03.15 Quebec City, QC – L’Agitee
05.05.15 Moncton, NB – Plan B
05.06.15 Halifax, NS – Company House
05.07.15 Fredericton, NB – Capital Complex
05.09.15 Orillia, ON – The Brownstone
05.13.15 Kitchener, ON – The Boathouse
05.22.15 Toronto, ON – Little Trinity Church – Official Album Release Party
05.23.15 Montreal, QC – Petit Campus
05.28.15 Peterborough, ON – The Spill
05.30.15 Windsor, ON – Phog Lounge
06.12.15 Wakefield, QC – The Blacksheep Inn
06.18.15 Kingston, ON – The Mansion
06.19.15 Oshawa, ON – The Hub

You can find ‘made us strangers’ on iTunes, in their store HERE or pick it up directly from the band at any of their upcoming shows.

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