Return of the Haggis!

Return of the Haggis!

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Nov 16, 2011
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If you haven’t heard the sounds of Toronto’s Enter the Haggis, viagra 60mg then you’re a loser. No wait…I’m sorry. That came out all wrong. You are missing out…which means you are not in the know. And that kinda makes you a loser. But don’t be sad. There’s a cure for you and your nerdy condition. Allow me to introduce the Haggis‘ latest offering, Whitelake.This, their 5th release, is chalk-full of great songs performed with energy, passion and their usual eclectic mix of sounds and genres. Primarily, they have a Celtic flavour (hence the “haggis” reference), with a solid rock foundation. However, Enter the Haggis rises above other Celtic artists by successfully blending a wide range of many traditional music genres. From dixieland to blues to jazz to folk, they are a true roots band while remaining completely unique.

At first listen, Whitelake suggests this is a band that has been together for some time and toured lots. The musicianship is stunning, featuring some of their best performances to date. For example, Brian Buchanan’s vocal performances indicate that he’s at the top of his game. As well, the songwriting is excellent and consistent across the whole album. In my iTunes playlist there’s not one of these songs that has less than four stars. Every song is crafted to the point where a critic is hard pressed to find fault. That said, some of the five-star songs are “Devil’s Son”, “Pseumoustophy” (don’t ask me how to pronounce it), “Of A Murder” and the joyfully raucous “Let Me Go”. What’s more, the lyrics equally match the roots-driven music. Filled with tales of the down-and-out, stories of tragedy, anthems of hope and life, Whitelake follows in the great tradition of storytelling through music.

As I mentioned before, this band has an eclectic flare and it’s most obvious with the range of instruments they apply to Whitelake. Bagpipes, banjo, whistle, cello, fiddle, trumpet, mandolin, glockenspiel, harmonica all dance in and out of a bed made of guitars, piano, bass and drums.

Compared to ETH‘s previous releases, Whitelake is richer, darker and more mature. For example, their last album, Gutter Anthems, was exactly that; big, raunchy bar-tunes filled with guitars played through amps that go to eleven. Good stuff. But right from Whitelake’s opening  track, “Headlights I & II”, we get a sense that we’ve left the party for a more evocative journey. The dynamic range is broader, the flow more thoughtful. They infuse more genres than with any project before and it works wonderfully, creating a truly unique experience. The only moment that feels out of place is the straight-ahead pop/rock song, “Getaway Car”. Don’t get me wrong…it’s a great song. But it’s a pop/rock song. It’s the one tune that has no real connection to the roots sound that is so wonderfully pervasive throughout the rest of the album. However, this is a small flaw in an otherwise masterful piece of art.

So, like I said earlier, if you haven’t heard Enter the Haggis, you need to get your head out of your…ummm, sorry…there I go again. What I’m really trying to say is, this is a great band and Whitelake is their strongest offering. So do yourself a favour and download it through iTunes or at the band’s website www.enterthehaggis.com. Enjoy!


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Comments:

  1. Just read this and loved it! I’m a huge Haggis Head and am great friends with the guys. About the song, “Pseumoustophy”…. First line says “Hey man, you’re killing me. I got some mouths to feed.” If you say “Some mouths to feed” with a little bit of a slur, it sounds like it would be “Pseumoustophy”! (:

    • LMAO!!! I totally get it now! Thanks for the insight. Glad to hear from a fellow Haggis-head. Send the link to everyone you know and make a few more Haggis-converts!!!
      Peace,
      Craig the Critic

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