Album Reviews

Music You Don't Know You Like Yet

SAM ROBERTS BAND

Lo-Fantasy

2014-02-28

Lo-Fantasy is the first album from Platinum selling Canadian artist Sam Roberts Band (SRB) in three years. The Montreal based, five-piece rock and roll band formed in 2000 and released their first studio record, We Were Born in a Flame, three years later. They have released three other albums since then and garnered six Juno Awards, including Album of the Year and Rock Album of the Year. Lo-Fantasy is the bands first time working with producer Youth (a.k.a. Martin Glover) whose credits include The Verve, Crowded House, Paul McCartney and The Orb. The record infuses funk, house, electronic and African music with SRB's brand of rock n' roll and lyrics heavy with social commentary. "Shapeshifters" opens the album with afro-pop guitar, driving bass, and heavy synth, setting up listeners for a completely different album experience. The first single from the record, "We're All In This Together," features clever, fast-paced lyrics with a dance-floor groove driven by classic SRB instrumentation. The heavy distortion, deep bass beat, and driving high-hat of "Human Heat" are reminiscent of the old SRB, but varied production style gives the song new life. With a social commentary on children found in difficult economic families, "Kid Icarus" pays homage to Greek mythology and '90s pop-rock.
Richard Martin 

Quick Links:

More reviews tagged #Rock

  • reviewed 10/2003

    Beth Gibbons and Rustin Man
    Out of Season

  • reviewed 06/2014

    R.E.M.
    Unplugged 1991&2001 The Complete Recordings

  • reviewed 05/2007

    BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB
    Baby 81

  • reviewed 05/2015

    Sol Driven Train
    Dance

  • reviewed 11/2009

    ECHO AND THE BUNNYMEN
    The Fountain

  • reviewed 04/2008

    Jonathan Richmond
    Because Her Beauty is Raw and Wild

Compiled by the WYCE Journalism Club

The opinions expressed in these reviews are those of the individual volunteers that submitted the article and do not necessarily reflect the views of WYCE or GRCMC; nor its staff, donors, or affiliates.