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Carpenter: Sea to SkySea to Sky (2010)
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Carpenter's front-loaded 2008 debut Law of the Land was a mostly excellent exercise in melodic, heartfelt punk with a wild jubilance and special characteristic coloring the band's blend of Hot Water Music and Texas Is the Reason-peppered punk: The band really loves both John Cougar and farming. And .
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Carpenter's front-loaded 2008 debut Law of the Land was a mostly excellent exercise in melodic, heartfelt punk with a wild jubilance and special characteristic coloring the band's blend of Hot Water Music and Texas Is the Reason-peppered punk: The band really loves both John Cougar and farming. And never once did it feel like gimmickry. It's a pity the band didn't tour much on the record (at least down here in the States), because their live show is a loose, absolutely joyful performance (with more high leg kicks than a Rockettes show). Still, the band returned last year with Sea to Sky, an admirable followup that retains the band's hallmark traits well enough.

Listening to Sea to Sky, Law of the Land admittedly still has the best songs in the band's canon. Their melodies and general sense of composition feel more streamlined and straightforward here, and consequently, things aren't quite as dynamic. But that also means that the album feels a little more consistent from front to back than Land.

Still, there are highlights. The down-home tinge of the strained "Just Another Friday Night" is an early standout, while there's a brief, clutch sing-along part in "Long Hard Day". There's a fast jangle to "Separate", and "Joan" is a slow, chugging ballad of sorts. "You Might Be Right" has more of that restrained type of rambunctiousness the band do so well, plus Daniel Sioui's labored, scratchy yelp delivering the hook adamantly. Closer "I Put My Heart in Everything" is a little frustrating since it doesn't have that real sense of conclusiveness to it, but it's a solid song on its own.

Sea to Sky doesn't take a huge leap forward for Carpenter as fans might have hoped from the once promising band, but it's by no means a step back, either. The band's innate sense of joy and melodic abilities have remained mostly intact, and that's enough to make Sea to Sky an enjoyable sophomore effort.

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Apeman_on_the_Moon (January 11, 2012)

Mean Things is maybe my posthumous Song of The Year 2010.

DarrenMcLeod (April 28, 2011)

I like this one better than Sea to Sky, but I still feel like the best is yet to come.

Also, a couple members (including Dan, the singer) have a new side project called Indian Affairs that opened for Chuck Ragan in Vancouver a couple months ago, and they sounded fantastic.

kelly_d (April 27, 2011)

It's about dam time this album got a review. The only thing I like better than this album is the gentlemen who wrote it.

AK3punk (April 27, 2011)

"It's a pity the band didn't tour much on the record,"

You don't live in Canada I take it, I've seen them play close to 10 times, 6 during that album. This band tours their ass off...

nocigar (April 27, 2011)

enjoyed Law of the Land a lot, and I am enjoying this as well. fun album

icapped2pac (April 26, 2011)

The twang-to-rock ratio went the wrong way on this one for me. It was teetering on the edge with "Law" but god damn I love that album. It's been my soundtrack for vacations in MI's upper peninsula for a few years now. "Long Hard Day" goes beyond my threshold for corny simplicity, too. That said, it's still a decent album, just not what I hoped for. "Mean Things" and "You Might Be Right" fucking rip.

TightropeMTL (April 26, 2011)

Amazing band, great record. Good review overall, honest and very accurate except for that hot water music comparison. Texas is The Reason is spot-on, but HWM? I always thought these guys owed a lot to The Bouncing Souls.

loveshackbaby (April 26, 2011)

Best record of last year. So underexposed it's criminal!

bryne (April 26, 2011)

I've really come around on this record. There's nothing flashy about it but it's got great melodies and replay value.

Blackjaw_ (April 26, 2011)

Not bad, but I was expecting better after Law of the Land. I bet they'll nail it on their next one.

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