12 Songs, 50 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Phantom Power capped The Tragically Hip’s remarkable run of albums through the '90s by taking a highlight-reel approach to the band’s signature strengths. “Poets” reconnects them with the Stonesy swagger of their early days, while the stargazing acoustic ballad “Bobcaygeon” showcases Gord Downie’s flair for evermore evocative, sepia-toned storytelling. And the singer’s long-standing fascination with Canadian history is given a playful twist on “Fireworks,” a glorious power-pop rave-up about a sports fan who misses out on watching the historic game-winning goal in the 1972 Canada-Russia Summit Series because he’s smitten with a hockey-hating girl.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Phantom Power capped The Tragically Hip’s remarkable run of albums through the '90s by taking a highlight-reel approach to the band’s signature strengths. “Poets” reconnects them with the Stonesy swagger of their early days, while the stargazing acoustic ballad “Bobcaygeon” showcases Gord Downie’s flair for evermore evocative, sepia-toned storytelling. And the singer’s long-standing fascination with Canadian history is given a playful twist on “Fireworks,” a glorious power-pop rave-up about a sports fan who misses out on watching the historic game-winning goal in the 1972 Canada-Russia Summit Series because he’s smitten with a hockey-hating girl.

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