Stand On Your Own displays ICU's acoustic-electric Canadian roots, with bits and pieces evoking The Band, Blue Rodeo (especially the keyboard sound) and The Tragically Hip, delivered with a dash of R.E.M. pop sensibility. The band manages to carve its own identity out of these influences, especially on the poignant, back-to-one's-roots piano ballad "I'll Stay," the Celtic-influenced frolic "Yeah Yeah No No" (a humorous tribute to our chronic lack of national identity), and "Don't Turn Your Back"'s potent condemnation of social inequality. With more experience on stage and in the studio, ICU will continue to refine a more distinctive sound. Meanwhile, Stand On Your Own is a most impressive start, a snapshot of great promise to come.
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