Canary - Southeast Engine
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  • Summary: The latest release for the rock band is a concept album about a family going through the Depression in Ohio.
  • Record Label: Misra
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock, Alternative Country-Rock
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
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  1. 90
    Sometimes the best albums are pieces of high art to be appreciated from afar. Others are treated like your favorite movies, invoking feelings of when and where you first experienced it. And yet others are treated like books that are so distinct in invoking another time or place that you are escape into them often and without fear. Canary is that kind of album.
  2. Apr 11, 2011
    84
    For all its careful historical detail and empathetic characterizations, Canary is decidedly topical: This historical setting becomes a means for a band of bookish young men to understand their own place and time.
  3. Apr 11, 2011
    83
    Building from a base of loping country-rock, Southeast Engine frequently breaks into a full gallop, playing with wild abandon and outright joy even when singing songs about the Great Depression. The band gets a little too loose at times, resulting in songs that have a strong drive but never get anywhere.
  4. Apr 11, 2011
    80
    Canary is a true find from a band that's quietly created one of the most powerful albums of the year.
  5. Apr 21, 2011
    73
    While few really stand out on their own, together they lean on one another to impressive effect. As a result, it has the feeling of an album that really holds together. Now that's an anachronism.
  6. Apr 11, 2011
    70
    Canary is less unified, but there are great songs here.
  7. Apr 14, 2011
    70
    This is an album that finally seems to capture the feeling that Southeast Engine has been working toward since they formed in 1999. They're writing about what they know, and the music resultantly falls right into place.

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