12 Songs, 42 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

At the heart of this Canadian trio's sound, the inimitable Jonathan Richman holds court, infusing the Ruffians’ lyrics with his own brand of lovelorn poetry: “Your smile, my smile/Our faces mash a while;” “Won't you please be mine, love / Won't you come outside?”  and “’Life sucks and love is dumb’/Golly, that's a real lie,” are sung by Ruffian Luke Lalonde with equal parts distress and persuasion. The sweetly anthemic “Red Yellow & Blue” drips with lush reverb, Lalonde’s vocals uncannily evoking those of Panda Bear, but moving on to the ragged, folky “Badonkadonkey” and the fluttering, hiccupy “Hummingbird,” the spare, abrupt rhythms and breezy arrangements call to mind Vampire Weekend. A few tracks feel inspired by the clanging guitars and jittery vibe of Modest Mouse, such as “Foxes Mate for Life” which starts out deceptively wobbly and wispy. All that aside, this is fun and fresh music, with some strong original moments, too, such as the lovely, acoustic “Little Garçon” and the nearly a capella “Kurt Vonnegut,” where the band’s talent for playful background vocals and chorus arrangements (both shouted and sung) steal the show.

EDITORS’ NOTES

At the heart of this Canadian trio's sound, the inimitable Jonathan Richman holds court, infusing the Ruffians’ lyrics with his own brand of lovelorn poetry: “Your smile, my smile/Our faces mash a while;” “Won't you please be mine, love / Won't you come outside?”  and “’Life sucks and love is dumb’/Golly, that's a real lie,” are sung by Ruffian Luke Lalonde with equal parts distress and persuasion. The sweetly anthemic “Red Yellow & Blue” drips with lush reverb, Lalonde’s vocals uncannily evoking those of Panda Bear, but moving on to the ragged, folky “Badonkadonkey” and the fluttering, hiccupy “Hummingbird,” the spare, abrupt rhythms and breezy arrangements call to mind Vampire Weekend. A few tracks feel inspired by the clanging guitars and jittery vibe of Modest Mouse, such as “Foxes Mate for Life” which starts out deceptively wobbly and wispy. All that aside, this is fun and fresh music, with some strong original moments, too, such as the lovely, acoustic “Little Garçon” and the nearly a capella “Kurt Vonnegut,” where the band’s talent for playful background vocals and chorus arrangements (both shouted and sung) steal the show.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
161 Ratings

161 Ratings

The Gentlemen ,

Great Stuff

It's an original sound that is drastically needed in today's music world. with no real alternative rock coming out (i mean nothing that sounds any different than anything made within the last 4 years), these guys deliver something new and special. definitely get hummingbird and i need a life. personally, barnacle goose is also a pretty good song.

bearcatfan ,

Really Awesome Sound

Produced by Rusty Santos, the New York mixer behind Animal Collective, you can hear some of the brillance of the AC recordings in Born Ruffians. Its power rock at its finest really, and simply a fun record that scores.

Halapalu ,

one of the better cd's i've heard before

this cd is extremely well put together. I don't think I've ever listened to somehting that I wouldn't mind -- in fact, love -- listening to over and over. Their original arrangements and style is something that should be embraced and is exactly what we need to save us from all the poppy corporate music hitting the top tens. Barnacle Goose is just one of those songs that you can't find anywhere else. Their shouted and sung lyrics, and frivolous backup parts pull the whole song together. Every song is originial and unique, but at the same time, they all have the same originality that should be extremely appreciated.

love love love this cd.

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