On this debut album, the plaintive dizziness of Peter Ericson Stakee's vocals is offset by crashing guitars and wind-swept epic aesthetics that recall The Verve's early post-shoegazing incarnation, then City Walls comes on like a socially maladjusted Kasabian. [Feb 2010, p. 104]
The combination of seismic guitars and high vocals looks to My Morning Jacket, Kings of Leon and Crazy Horse--sometimes all too obviously. But Alberta Cross sets aside those American bands’ redemptive undercurrents of blues and gospel; instead, it plunges into the very English despair of bands like Pink Floyd.
It’s a slow burner with nary a hook in sight, and vocalist/guitar player Petter Ericson Stakee’s theatric mumbles can be an acquired taste, but listeners with a CD collection that leans heavily on bands like Catherine Wheel, Sixteen Horsepower, the Cult, and Kings of Leon will find this dense monolith of roots-based stoner rock to be the perfect late-night companion for a dark summer highway.
A brave but clumsy attempt at expanding and refining the EP's dressed-down folksy rock, Broken Side's sound never coalesces enough to truly electrify, and though the ever-reaching, sprawling coarseness that Alberta Cross mines so well is still present here, it's noticeably less profound.
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|Vulnicura - Björk|
|Tetsuo & Youth - Lupe Fiasco|
|No Cities to Love - Sleater-Kinney|
|Aquarius - Tinashe|
|Cadillactica - Big K.R.I.T.|
|Doolittle 25 - Pixies|
|RTJ2 - Run the Jewels|
|Cheek to Cheek - Lady Gaga|
|Broke With Expensive Taste - Azealia Banks|
|Viet Cong - Viet Cong|
|Man It Feels Like Space Again - Pond|
|Commune - Goat|
|Worship the Sun - Allah-Las|
|The Weird and Wonderful - The Marmozets|
|At War with Reality - At the Gates|
|Everything Will Be Alright in the End - Weezer|
|Black Messiah - D'Angelo|
|They Want My Soul - Spoon|
|Under Pressure - Logic|