October 2, 2003  
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CD Review

Soft Canyon

Broken Spirit, I Will Mend Your Wings
Alien8 Recordings

It is a truly rare thing to find an album whose strongest qualities are the enjoyment and sheer listenability that pour from the speakers upon pressing play. Soft Canyon, an acid-rockin', neo-psychedelic band that rises from the ashes of punk rockers Tricky Woo (from Montreal) creates a very cool, yet accessible sound on their debut LP.

Harking back to the sounds pioneered by early Grateful Dead and Pink Floyd before Meddle, Soft Canyon explores a very organic form of music. Easy is the keyword when listening to Broken Spirit, for it requires so little of the audience. As Soft Canyon's songs naturally develop, they explore the themes and depths of a very trippy genre. The album builds as it moves along, creating a very rich tapestry of smooth sound much greater than the sum of its parts.

-Jeremy Shaw




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