Album Reviews

All of Mars’ album reviews in one place:

[Album Review] The New Odds | Cheerleader

Odds went on hiatus after Craig Northey left the band in 1999 and it wasn’t until 2007 that a comeback began to build. Steven Drake’s (the band’s 2nd singer/guitarist/songwriter) career as a music producer/ engineer had taken off so he remained the only holdout as…

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[Album Review] Candi & The Backbeat | Candi

Canadians have exported many influential artists onto the music scene. Leonard Cohen, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell… but none have been bigger than Candi. Don’t believe me? Well, you just haven’t been paying attention and have not done your research as I have. It is no…

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[Album Review] Northey Valenzuela

For Craig Northey’s next project, he teamed up with Jesse Valenzuela from the… Gin Blossoms? Yeah, I had not thought about them in almost 30 years too. And, It is a good thing I looked them up before writing this because I had them confused…

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[Album Review] Craig Northey | Giddy Up

After Odds released what in my opinion is their best album Nest in 1996, they toured for almost the remainder of the decade until Craig Northey up and quit the band in ’99. Thankfully, he continued to make music. Northey’s 2001 debut solo album, Giddy…

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[Album Review] Odds | Nest

Isn’t it great when an album reintroduces itself into your life? Nest made that move last summer where I spent a good chunk of it in our garage. The roof on Sarah’s car was having some serious issues with rust, and since she was working…

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[Album Review] Odds | Good Weird Feeling

Odds third album, Good Weird Feeling, was a scorching hot release in 1995. Well, at least it was here in Canada. It spawn five singles, Truth Untold, Eat My Brain, Satisfied, Mercy To Go, and I Would Be Your Man. It earned the band three…

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[Album Review] Odds | Bedbugs

Odds were on the upswing for their second album, Bedbugs. Not only did they get the Canadian comedy troupe The Kids In The Hall to be in the video for the album’s first single, Heterosexual Man, but they also locked in THEE Warren Zevon as…

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[Album Review] Odds | Neopolitan

For the majority of my life, I thought the name was “The Odds”. But it is just “Odds”. Fun fact. An even funner fact: I’m not a fan of Neopolitan ice cream or mixing flavours in general. The fewer the ingredients, the better. My past…

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[Album Review] Colin James | Blue Highway

I really enjoyed Colin James’ previous blues album, National Steel which came out way back in 1997. So, I’m a little embarrassed to admit how I completely slept on Blue Highways when it was released in October of 2016. I remember him promoting it on…

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[EP Review] The Tragically Hip | Saskadelphia

A new Hip EP in 2021?!?!?!? Whaaaa????!!!!… said no one. We ALL knew the post-humous releases were going to be heading our way after The Tragically Hip’s team captain Gord Downie passed away in 2017. Lost tapes will be found, unreleased live shows will be…

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[Album Review] TUNS | Duly Noted

Released in late March of 2021, Duly Noted is TUNS’ second full album and first new music since 2018. The band is labeled as a “Canadian indie rock supergroup” on their Wikipedia page, as it consists of Mike O’Neill of The Inbreds, Matt Murphy of The Super Friendz, and… Chris Murphy of Sloan. So,…

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[EP Review] Max the Axe | Oktoberfest Cheer

I can sum up Max the Axe’s latest EP, Oktoberfest Cheer in two words. Bitter Sweet. The best sound to ascend from Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario is not completely over but it will not be the same going forward. Lead singer Eric “Uncle Meat” Litwiller announced on…

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[Album Review] The Tragically Hip | Road Apples

[Editor’s note: This review was originally published on March 7th, 2021 for BuriedOnMars.com] Welcome to the 3rd installment of my reviews for the discography of The Tragically Hip! These are tandem reviews with my amazing wife, Sarah who is posting her own over at Caught…

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[Album Review] The Tragically Hip | Day For Night

[Editor’s note: This review was originally published on March 21st, 2021 for BuriedOnMars.com] Welcome to the 5th installment of my reviews for the discography of The Tragically Hip! These are tandem reviews with my amazing wife, Sarah who is posting her own over at Caught…

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[Album Review] The Tragically Hip | Yer Favourites

[Editor’s note: This review was originally published on June 6th, 2021 for BuriedOnMars.com] Welcome to the 13th installment of my reviews for the discography of The Tragically Hip! These are tandem reviews with my amazing wife, Sarah who is posting her own over at Caught…

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