The Bel-Vistas

Somewhere Along the Line

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If you're a contemporary Canadian band with folk-country influences, it's considered an anomaly these days if you don't have accordion, violin and every other acoustic instrument possible thrown into the mix. Anomalous Toronto band The Bel-Vistas has opted for a stripped down, two-guitar, bass, and drums approach for its debut album Somewhere Along The Line. The Bel-Vistas are Romantics at heart in the classical sense of believing in ideals, in -- as one song calls it -- the "limitlessness of the soul." The album's highlight is the title track, a passionate song dealing with acceptance of the fact that there are things beyond our control as human beings. The Bel-Vistas may have a naive outlook in an industry that tends to be cutthroat and rely a lot on superficial glitz, but it's a refreshing perspective.