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Palace Of Gold

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Palace Of Gold
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Holdin' On Too Tight
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Homeward Bound Angel
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Bulletproof
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Comet
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Walk Like You Don't Mind
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Love Never Lies
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Stage Door
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Cause For Sympathy
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What A Surprise
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Clearer View
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Glad To Be Alive
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Find A Way To Say Goodbye
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Tell Me Baby
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 14   Total Length: 55:40

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Standard Blue Rodeo Fare

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Some good, some bad, most in the middle. Give a listen and pick what appeals

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After having spent the last few years going over old ground on Greatest Hits and the double live Just Like a Vacation, as well as treading water with the less than stellar (but appropriately named) Days in Between, Blue Rodeo found its stride again with Palace of Gold. Having built their own studio, the bandmembers took the time to record in a comfortable, relaxed manner in which they could workshop tunes at their leisure. This newly found freedom allowed them to experiment with the addition of strings and horns on several tracks, a move they had taken tentative stabs at before. On some tunes, the experiment clearly needed some fine tuning; the moody bossa nova of singer Jim Cuddy’s “What a Surprise” borders on lounge, and the slight psychedelia of “Comet” seems half-baked. But ballads like Greg Keelor’s soulful “Find a Way to Say Goodbye” and the uptempo “Clearer View” both ring with added depth thanks to the new sonic touches. At their core, the songs on Palace of Gold (at least the best ones) remain close to the group’s country-rock core; “Palace of Gold,” “Glad to Be Alive,” and “Tell Me Baby” all featuring heartfelt singing, jangling guitars, and soaring pedal steel. They could have dropped the gushing “Bulletproof” and still gained some ground. While many longtime fans insist the group reached its high-water mark with the fruitful Five Days in July or Lost Together albums, Blue Rodeo’s willingness to move forward while staying true to a good basic sound on Palace of Gold hinted that the group’s best days may be yet to come. – John Duffy

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