The Things We Left Behind (Telesoul Records)
Clocking in at over four minutes and five
minutes respectively, Keelorâ€™s title track and â€śDonâ€™t Let the Darkness in Your
Headâ€ť lead off each disc.Â â€śBehindâ€ť sees Cuddy
adding Mellotron while â€śDarknessâ€ť recalls early solo George Harrison.Â Keelorâ€™s loping introspection, coupled with the vintage production,
focuses on song-craft and attention to detail.Â Cuddyâ€™s tunes, while
at times equally dark in subject matter, are buoyed by an underlying
predisposition toward positive outcomes. His melodies and choruses often
sparkle. Itâ€™s not entirely a yin/yang partnership, but this collection of songs
deserves repeated listening to dig around the shadows and layers of detail.
Former Wilco pedal steel player Bob Egan
joined Blue Rodeo long ago and has integrated himself beyond a utility player.
On this album he nails echoes of California
country rock.Â Also of note, for this album the band
utilized a rotating trio of keyboardists playing Wurlitzer electric piano,
organ and Mellotron. â€śWastedâ€ť is headphone music of the highest orderâ€”it could
fit in nicely on late-night FM programming.