Saturday Night in Hardwood Lake

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The sophomore CD by Tanglefoot saw the band adding a fourth member, Al Parrish, on bass. Other than that, there were not many more changes, especially to their overall sound. This CD picks up where their debut left off -- more historical stories about Canada set to beautifully played, traditional folk music. As with A Grain of Salt, the band is tight, and their harmonies are as good as ever. Again, the band uses sparse arrangements with traditional instruments, which lends authenticity to the sound. Worth noting is the wonderful "The Last Breakdown," which adds a level of sentimentality to the music not found on their first. Non-Canadians will be able to enjoy this and may learn a bit about Canadian folklore. As with the first, the band goes to great lengths to explain the origins of all the songs. Again, they embellish the stories somewhat in order to make the subject matter more interesting, but that does not distract from their knowledge of the geography and history of their native country. As with their debut CD, the copyright line is quite funny and adds to the overall presentation of the band.

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