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A Northern Chorus: Bitter Hands ResignBitter Hands Resign (2005)
Sonic Unyon Records
Reviewer Rating: 4.5
Contributed by: AnchorsAnchors
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Flying so low under the radar that they’ve been barely a blip, are a band from Ontario quietly making some amazing records while everyone walks right on by. Their fortune is likely to change for the better with their third full-length, Bitter Hands Resign. That band is a six-piece known as A Northern Chorus, and this is their most ambitious effort to date.
And so it was planned that morning. An armed attack, units forging / Cannons, fire at will and halt escape. We’ll help them if we can, prisoners of circumstance / A few arrived, weak torn tongue tied. They told of eyes desperate and blind / Please now send troops, they’re dying in the fields, we’ve seen the view / Haste on this mile has formed our constant reprise, it’s given promise for now. We took the hill, men they laid still. And in the ground spirit flags found.Like a fine wine, the album gets better with age. Every moment it continues finds itself in an even better light than the last. The combination of some truly epic crescendos, and very understated individual elements is one that provides some absolutely amazing moments. The mood and feeling evoked can differ by the song, differ by the organ keystroke or cello note, and that’s where the strength lies. While a band like Sigur Rós can garner all the acclaim in the world, there’s a band like A Northern Chorus who's quietly made one of the best records of last year.
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