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Album Review: JUICE by Born Ruffians

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Born Ruffians are an indie rock band from Canada. While I thoroughly enjoyed their debut album, Red, Yellow & Blue, I haven't paid attention to their other albums. JUICE marks their sixth studio album.

The first track off the album is I Fall in Love Every Night. The track opens up with some powerful brass instruments that are utilized throughout the track. We eventually have some guitars and drums that come in later, usually during the chorus. The highlight track of the track is definitely the guitar and saxophone solo in the middle of the track, even if it is short-lived.

Next, we have an interesting percussive sound coming from Breathe. I definitely enjoy the running bass line behind the singer's voice, but it doesn't seem to be given too much attention. Besides another interesting guitar part in the middle of the track, this just seems like a "run of the mill" indie rock track. It is catchy and it's growing on me, but it is basic in structure.

After that, we have Dedication which is one of the shorter tracks on the album. I enjoy how the last track flawlessly transitioned into this track. This is another fast-paced and high energy track. They basically talk about, you guessed it, dedication and dedicating yourself to a goal.

Now we come to a slower track titled The Poet [Can't Jam]. It starts out with just a few guitar strums until the whole band slowly comes in. The guitar is fairly reminiscent of Real Estate. If you read my review of their latest album, you might know what I am talking about. The singer talks about how he can't do several different things during the chorus, which explains the Can't Jam part of the title.

I'm Fine is the next track off of the album, and is just over two minutes in length. There's a call and response going on during the chorus where the lead singer sings "I'm fine" and the rest of the band repeats with the same thing. Not much going on for this track, just another track lost in the album.

After that, we have Hey You which is a duet that features Maddy Wilde. It's definitely one of the lighter tracks on the album and is somewhat reminiscent of the 80s. The chorus is definitely catchy with the lead singer and Maddy Wilde singing "Hey you" over and over again.

The longest track on the album is Squeaky. This track starts off with just a few guitar strums and a light voice. The vocals get a little more 'wild' later on with the 'whippy' sounding vocals, meaning the voice goes up and down repeatedly at a fast pace. The track also brings back the brass instruments to spice it up a bit.

The shortest track on the album is Hazy Wave which is more of an interlude track that leads into the last track off the album, Wavy Haze. It's a laid back track with a beach-like vibe.

Not my favorite album by them, but it seems like they were okay with the release. I don't foresee myself coming back to this album any time soon, but I'm indifferent on how I feel about this album.
Overall Rating: 5/10
Favorite Tracks: Breathe, Dedication

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