Now and then, a new album comes across our desks that moves various staff members to gather in the hall and rave. The Sam Roberts Band‘s fourth album has us all talking.
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Sam Roberts “Love at the End of the World”
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Sam Roberts “Words & Fire”
For Sam Roberts Band “Collider,” the band left Montreal for Chicago to record in Bucktown. And like Iron and Wine before them, they became enamored of local heroes Califone. Califone’s Ben Massarella and another local musician, Stuart Bogie of Antibalas, both joined Sam’s band for the “Collider” sessions. A sharply observant songwriter with a keen edge, Sam Roberts takes into the small hours with a song called “Graveyard Shift.”
The album opens with “Last Crusade,” a rollicking shuffle that remains one of the best things I’ve heard this year. Download it for free.