There are things that Canadians are really, really good at, such as playing hockey, clearing snow and apologising profusely. Producing great music, it's fair to say, has been a bit hit and miss. The Sheepdogs, from the Saskatchewan city of Saskatoon, are becoming more of a hit as each album comes along. The blues-rock quintet have released their fifth album, Future Nostalgia, welcoming a masterful combination of infectious riffs and sincere self-reflection.
The record kicks off with I'm Gonna Be Myself a rambunctious number plastered with the irresistible grooves that The Sheepdogs have been honing since they formed in 2006. It's powerful, yet easy on the ears - a theme that manifests itself throughout this record - epitomised to its fullest, and arguable best, in I Really Wanna Be Your Man.
Downtown and Giving It Up (For My Baby) channel The Kinks to great effect, especially in the case of the 'Lola'-inspired latter. So many of the iconic and most recognisable nuances of some of the greatest rock and roll bands can be heard in this record, that Future Nostalgia could not have been more appropriately named.
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