CD Review: The Heavy Blinkers – Health

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If I had to describe The Heavy Blinkers new album Health in one word it would be “beautiful”.  Beautiful concept, beautiful music, beautiful voices.

Health is The Heavy Blinkers first album since their critically acclaimed The Night and I Are Still So Young (2004).  With  Jason Michael MacIsaac as the last remaining founding member, the current line-up of this orchestral-pop band features MacIsaac, David Christensen, Melanie Stone, Jenn Grant, Ellen Gibling, Adam Fine and Stewart Legere.

The mood for Health is set within the first five seconds of this 16-song offering.   That song, “As Long As You Have Your Health”, was recorded in 2006 when a choir of over twenty musicians gathered in a studio in the north end of Halifax.

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(photo by Mat Dunlap)

Health was written as, and has the distinct feel of, a musical.  The character’s stories are told by vocalists Stewart Legere, Melanie Stone, and Jenn Grant with help from guest contributors Sondre Lerche and Sean O’Hagan (The High Llamas).  Health is one of the more unique records released in the past few years.

Grant’s beautiful, ghost-like voice gives the songs a haunting quality.  All of the voices blend wonderfully together, and the masterful musical arrangements, songs like (my favourites) “Anna Karina, I Was Wrong”, “Child of the Radio”, “Call It a Day”, “Perfect Strangers” and “Mes Craintes Oubliees” take the listener to a different place…a beautiful place.  Give Health a listen and let The Heavy Blinkers take you there.

Tracks
1. As Long As You Have Your Health
2. Anna Karina, I Was Wrong
3. Child of the Radio
4. God Bless Hazel
5. Call It A Day
6. I Should Be Sleeping (ft. Sean O’Hagan of The High Llamas)
7. Perfect Tourists
8. Silence Your Drum
9. Crystal Clear
10. It Sounds Better Than It Sounds (ft. Sondre Lerche)
11. Waiting For A Riverboat
12. Why Must You Hide Your Light?
13. Mes Craintes Oubliees
14. Someone Died Today at the Ice Capades
15. When You Go
16. Everything Is Magic

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