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Arkells – Jackson Square
November 18, 2008, 1:50 am
Filed under: Albums, Music | Tags: , , , ,

arkells_jacksonsquare_sqaure_medThe Arkells are a young band fresh out of Hamilton, Ontario, recently signed to Dine Alone Records. Jackson Square, the group’s debut full length features a great range songs. It barely took one listen to get into this record. With catchy riffs like the ones found in The Ballad of Hugo Chavez and rock anthems like Oh, The Boss Is Coming!, who can blame me? The first time I’d heard of the Arkells, I immediately thought Constantines and if you’ve heard the version of Oh, The Boss Is Coming! off of their EP Deadlines you’d hear why. The riff sounds heavily influenced by opening of Nighttime/Anytime, however with the release of Jackson Square the quintet have marked it their own. Yet I still can’t decide which version of the song I enjoy better!

Other standout tracks on the album include Deadlines, Champagne Socialist, Tragic Flaw and John Lennon. Not that the other tracks are a bore but these are a few of my favourites, and note how many of them there are.

All in all, a solid debut from a young band.

First listen: 9/10
Flow: 7/10
Individual Songs: 8/10
Discography: 9/10
Length: 4/5
Album Art: 5/5
Total: 42/50


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Interesting that you’re continuing with the music.

From what I’ve seen in the past I really like your choices. Hope you continue posting.

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