The band's lean, powerful ninth studio album boasts a series of compact rockers and more languidly paced tracks that bear all the hallmarks of the Hip's style: the churning guitars, the penchant for wide-open soundscapes and, of course, the ever-cryptic utterances of singer Gord Downie. These new songs also benefit from greater focus and a renewed sense of purpose. A change of scenery and personnel has helped considerably. To record 'In Violet Light', the Hip decamped to Compass Point Studios in the Bahamas, an unusually exotic spot for guys who cut their teeth in the bars of Kingston, Ontario.
Side One: Are You Ready Use It Up The Darkest One It’s A Good Life If You Don’t Weaken Silver Jet Throwing off Glass
Side Two: All Tore Up Leave A Beautiful Thing The Dire Wolf The Dark Canuck