Holy heck, Bog River is the closest thing to a rock band in the roots scene. The double shot of This Side of the Sea and Miner’s Delight that kick off this debut full-length from the local trio are insanely catchy and energetic. All of Heaven’s Angels opens with an old-timey tease, while Buckle Down is a dixieland throwback, announcing Bog River as a group that can acknowledge where it came from, while it defines its own sound. Head Full of Sound and After the Flood are beautiful little tunes, utilizing a sparse musical set-up that allows the trio’s vocals to truly shine. Self-produced and recorded in a cabin, the record feels as though Bog River is performing in intimate show just for you, setting the tone while you sit at your typewriter, cranking out the great Canadian novel with a glass of red.
Published in Volume 66, Number 9 of The Uniter (October 26, 2011)