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Format: CD
Sku: 61010799
UPC: 601143106026
UPC 14: 00601143106026
Release Date: 6/29/2004
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Heaven Is A Better Place Today ~ The Tragically Hip
2. Summer's Killing Us ~ The Tragically Hip
3. Gus: The Polar Bear From Central Park ~ The Tragically Hip
4. Vaccination Scar ~ The Tragically Hip
5. It Can't Be Nashville Every Night ~ The Tragically Hip
6. If New Orleans Is Beat ~ The Tragically Hip
7. You're Everywhere ~ The Tragically Hip
8. As Makeshift As We Are ~ The Tragically Hip
9. Mean Streak ~ The Tragically Hip
10. Heart Of The Melt, The ~ The Tragically Hip
11. One Night In Copenhagen ~ The Tragically Hip
12. Are We Family ~ The Tragically Hip
13. Goodnight Josephine ~ The Tragically Hip

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Gordon Downie (vocals); Tom McGurk (horns).
Muze PNote Audio Mixer: Adam Kasper.
Muze PNote Recording information: Bear Creek Studio, Woodinville, WA; Studio X, Seattle, WA.
Muze PNote The first few seconds of In Between Evolution offer a summation in miniature of both why the Tragically Hip are so great and why mainstream success has eluded them, at least in the United States. A distorted guitar chimes out a road-ready riff, soon joined by a taut rhythm section. Then lead singer Gordon Downie shouts out "Here's a glue guy, a performance God," in a pinched howl that sounds like it's ready to veer off-key at any second. That combination of arena rock and indie sensibility is exactly what fans have come to expect from the band; the approach isn't all that different from Pearl Jam's more recent work, except that Downie's lyrics have always been, well, weirder and more literate than the hits that took Pearl Jam to the top of the charts. None of that explains why the Hip still sell out stadiums and sell millions of albums in their native Canada, but In Between Evolution is both accessible and challenging enough to satisfy longtime fans and newcomers. The slight dissonance that marks that opening track, "Heaven Is a Better Place Today," fits perfectly the combination of mourning and triumph that the band captures in the song, a tribute to hockey player Dan Snyder, who died in a car crash in late 2003. When Downie sings "If and when you get into that end zone, act like you've been there a thousand times before," he breathes new life into the tired sports clich? because what's come before is so evocative and honestly rendered, and also because there's not another clich? to be found for the duration of the album, which is one of the band's hardest rocking and most politically charged. "It Can't Be Nashville Every Night" takes aim at Toby Keith and the mindless, macho jingoism he represents, while "Gus: The Polar Bear from Central Park" further dissects the "us and them" mentality Downie sees overtaking the world around him, particularly in the U.S. As usual, guitarists Rob Baker and Paul Langlois offer sympathetic accompaniment, giving "Gus" a sinewy, sinister feel that perfectly mirrors the lyrics' portrayal of a beast out to destroy whatever frightens it. The band thunders through almost every track, a juggernaut of guitars and drums that lets up only toward the end, easing back on the sonic assault on the rueful "Are We Family," where Downie tries to comprehend our common humanity in the face of a world where we're "taking care of each other one bullet to another." In Between Evolution is as rewarding as it is relentless, another fine addition to the Tragically Hip's catalog of thinking person's rock. ~ Eric Schumacher-Rasmussen

Producer: Adam Kasper; Adam Kasper

Engineer: Sam Hofstedt

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 06/29/2004
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2004
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 431060
Music Label Name Label : Zoe
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00601143106026

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Tragically Hip
Product attributeLabel:   Zoe Records (rounder)
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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