Album review

The Tragically Hip - In Violet Light

The news that The Tragically Hip had headed off to record in the Bahamas with fashionable producer Hugh Padgham (Sting/Genesis/Bowie) instilled fears that perhaps they were about to live up to their name in the most unfortunate manner. Fortunately, Padgham resisted the temptation to give them an artful makeover and instead opted to capture the synergy of the band's live sound. The result is a pleasing LP of R.E.M.-style guitar rock, and at least one song—"Use It Up", with its splendid refrain, "I'm a fool for music that can take you away"—is an instant hit.

Rating: 3 / 10


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