Man Machine Poem

Man Machine Poem

by The Tragically Hip


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Just prior to the June 2016 release of Man Machine Poem, the Tragically Hip announced that frontman Gord Downie was diagnosed with brain cancer. Given this news, it's hard not to listen to the album through the prism of mortality, even though the album was completed prior to his illness. Nevertheless, Man Machine Poem does contain an undercurrent of contemplation, darkly pulsing to understated rhythms and playing to muted arenas. Sometimes the tempos quicken, Downie's singing grows impassioned, but usually the album is quietly roiling, sometimes drifting toward the meditative (as on the otherwise profane "Tired as F***"), yet always circling back to fierce, searching spiritual rock. "Machine" ends the album on something of a positive note -- it's not only one of the faster numbers, it's expansive where the rest of the record recedes -- but what lasts is that hunger for answers, a sentiment that suits a band facing a middle age but also could act as a fitting farewell for the Tragically Hip.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/17/2016
Label: Caroline
UPC: 0602547654427
catalogNumber: 476544
Rank: 39147

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tragically Hip   Primary Artist
Johnny Fay   Percussion,Drums,Group Member
Paul Langlois   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Gord Sinclair   Bass,Vocals,Group Member
Kevin Drew   Percussion,Keyboards,Group Member
Dave Hamelin   Percussion,Keyboards,Group Member
Rob Baker   Guitar,Group Member
Gordon Edgar Downie   Vocals,Group Member

Technical Credits

Tragically Hip   Composer
Kevin Drew   Producer
Dave Hamelin   Producer
Rob Baker   Artwork
Nyles Spencer   Engineer
Gordon Edgar Downie   Artwork

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