Broken (And Other Rogue States)

Broken (And Other Rogue States)

by Luke DoucetLuke Doucet
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Where Americans are often stereotyped as being loud and boorish, Canadians are frequently portrayed as being overly polite. If there's a major criticism to be leveled against this sophomore album from former Sarah McLachlan guitarist Luke Doucet, it's that his downtrodden tales of battered hearts and broken dreams are wrapped in poppy musical packaging that's simply a bit too pleasant to deliver the necessary emotional impact. Never has heartbreak seemed so damn cheery. Called the break-up album of the year by various critics in Canada (where the album was released in 2005), Broken (And Other Rogue States) features some impressive Americana influences that could benefit from a bit more minor key melancholy here or a darker vocal melody there. When the soft-voiced songwriter croons, "So cry if you want to/Yeah, you can come undone/But you've gotta have a heart to have a broken one," there's virtually no bite behind the lyrical spite. He's obviously a master song craftsman, as evidenced by the South-of-the-border vibe of "Emily, Please," the deft acoustic balladry of "Wallow," and the shambling blues of "One Too Many." But it's not until the next to last track -- the devastating "No Love to Be Made Here Now" -- that Doucet approaches the greatness of, say, Elliott Smith, delivering a string-laden epic that hits like a sucker punch to the chest. Still, there are simple pop pleasures aplenty to be found here, offering glimpses of an accomplished songwriter just starting to hit his stride.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/14/2006
Label: Six Shooter Records
UPC: 0836766009229
catalogNumber: 25

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Luke Doucet   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Piano,Pedal Steel Guitar,Drums,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Vince Jones   Strings,Drums
Lenny Solomon   Violin
Amos Garrett   Electric Guitar,Soloist
Bazil Donovan   Bass
Glenn Milchem   Drums
Oh Susanna   Vocals
Richard Underhill   Saxophone
Kevin Fox   Cello
Tyler Yarema   Piano,Hammond Organ,Wurlitzer
Bryden Baird   Trumpet
Rich Levesque   Electric Bass,Acoustic Bass,Group Member
NQ Arbuckle   Vocals
Nancy Kershaw   Violin
Kathleen Kajioka   Viola
Melissa McClelland   Background Vocals,Group Member
Todor Kobakov   Percussion,Piano,Hand Clapping
Chris Brown   Hammond Organ

Technical Credits

Vince Jones   Engineer
Chris Peters   Graphic Design
Michael Phillip Wojewoda   Engineer
Luke Doucet   Composer,Producer
Andre Lukacsy   Engineer
Michael A. Turner   Engineer
Kevin Fox   String Arrangements
James Heidebrecht   Engineer
Andre Wahl   Engineer
Brendan Canning   Composer
Nik Kozub   Engineer
Todor Kobakov   Engineer
Martin   Illustrations
Chris Brown   Engineer

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