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Corb Lund New Album ‘Things That Can’t Be Undone’ Available Now

Juno award winner Corb Lund releases his latest studio album, Things That Can’t Be Undone, today via New West Records (Friday, October 9, 2015)

 


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“Highlighting his sticky drawl with a newfound Motown spirit laced with heartbreak honky-tonk, “Weight of the Gun” finds Lund flirting in fresh sonic waters, while still keeping his sardonic mix of eerie lyrics and deceptively joyful vamps well intact.” – Rolling Stone

“Corb Lund has proven his versatility.” – NPR

“On the new full-length, Things That Can’t Be Undone, Lund and his touring band, the Hurtin’ Albertans, worked with Dave Cobb, the producer who’s turning out to be Nashville’s answer to Rick Rubin. The result expands Lund’s sound, and creates ideal settings for his varied narratives. The album is a high mark of a long career.” – NPR

“…the song is a hot new take on the outlaw ballads of Marty Robbins and Willie Nelson…Not a conventional protest song, “Sadr City” surveys the costs of war that are devastating in the moment and cumulatively fatal. The band’s circular riffing, shot through by explosive guitar from longtime Hurtin’ Abertan Grant Siemens, perfectly supports Lund’s blunt, evocative storytelling.”

– NPR

“Few artists are as deft at veering from a song that elicits laughter to one that’s as gritty as they come…” – The Daily Times (Knoxville Feature)

“…Lund has an eye for intricate details and a way of turning what to most people might seem mundane into thought-provoking pictures of beauty. Lund’s descriptive way of turning a song into a painting — the subtle brush strokes, the well-timed delivery, the distinct regional phrasing — is his way of relating. It’s personal and intimate, witty and vivid, and he’s cultivated a loyal following south of the border.”

The Daily Times (Knoxville Feature)

“…much of Lund’s music is more creative and interesting than what’s sliding up and down the country charts these days.” – Knoxnews

“Canadian artist Corb Lund decided to work with [Dave] Cobb on his latest release, and the results are eye opening.” – Country Standard Time

“One of the most hotly anticipated Canadian releases of the fall season.” – Ottawa Citizen

“…the finest of his career — a tony, twangy, romping, rocking collection of songs dealing with everything from love and loss to modernity and murder and war and weariness.” – Calgary Herald

“In short: his sillier hits may have made him a star, but it’s thrilling and moving to hear Lund indulge his serious side on this gorgeously forlorn new LP.” – Exclaim!

“Whether Lund sings with a downcast drawl (S Lazy H, about a man losing his ranch) or a knowing smirk (Washed-Up Rock Star Factory Blues, about a man losing his record deal), his sharply etched sketches throw Albertan uncertainty into relief.” – Maclean’s

“Fans of Lund’s formula-defying country music will again have plenty to sink their teeth into…” – FYIMusicNews

“Some of the best songs on his new album, Things That Can’t Be Undone, capture the essence of the modern rancher. “S Lazy H” is a heartbreaking song about losing the family ranch, while “Weight of the Gun” takes an obvious metaphor to sublime corners of the acreage.” CBC Music

 


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ABOUT ‘THINGS THAT CAN’T BE UNDONE’

Juno award winner Corb Lund announces his “Winter Campaign” – a tour that reaches most of Canada beginning in Victoria on January 26 and ending in Toronto on February 20 – View all upcoming tour dates & buy tickets

Recorded with his long time band The Hurtin’ Albertans (Grant Siemens on electric guitar and lap steel, Kurt Ciesla on bass and Brady Valgardson on drums), Things That Can’t Be Undone is a self-assured and mature set of songs that pairs Lund’s characteristically sharp songcraft with a bevy of new sounds, thrusting his mix of earnest Americana, rollicking honky tonk and rousing alt-country to new heights. “I would like to think it’s a healthy balance of pushing our stylistic boundaries and pushing our audience’s ears, but keeping it familiar enough so that they’re not totally alienated,” explains Lund. “I think I’ve trained them by now to expect different things.”

Whereas in the past, Lund and band brought fully formed songs to the producer and knocked out an album in a few days, they took a different approach this time. Over a two-week period this past April they holed up with Cobb in his studio and collaborated with him on each of the arrangements. Together they constructed the songs, broke them down, and often rebuilt them. “Dave has a very organic, and somewhat retro, way of working,” reveals Lund. “He’s into old school sounds, and less processing. It’s a real natural sort of sound, which I’m also very into. He’s very spontaneous and he wasn’t afraid to tear apart my arrangements and start over. It was good for us.”

The end result is a lively and loose record influenced heavily by ’60s and ’70s rock and country and steeped in the kind of narratives Lund is beloved for. The cautionary tale “Talk Too Much” swaggers like a Stones song as Siemens exhibits some searing guitar chops. On “Washed-Up Rock Star Factory Blues,” written with Evan Felker of the Turnpike Troubadours, Lund offers an uproarious response to Johnny Paycheck’s classic “Take This Job and Shove It”: “Here’s your backstage pass to the warehouse boiler room/That’s what he said as he handed me my broom/Don’t be sittin’ down now son, it ain’t your break time yet/I guess you’re used to them seventy-five minute sets.” In the powerful “Sadr City”, an Eastern influenced psychedelic guitar riff sets that scene for a tragic tale about the Siege of Sadr City, the first big flare-up of sectarian violence in Iraq after Mission Accomplished. The track continues Lund’s tradition of military songs that he began in with his 2007 album Horse Soldier! Horse Soldier!

Loss is a prevalent theme on the record and takes several different forms throughout. On the poignant album closer “Sunbeam” Lund, who recently suffered the losses of his father and grandmother, laments the death of his young niece and sings, “I wish you could have stayed a little longer/And shone more of your sunlight in our lives.” Elsewhere he grapples with the impermanence of places he loves as on the bristling “Alt Berlin Blues,” which plays out like a modern day “Big Yellow Taxi,” as he sings about a favorite German watering hole getting leveled to make way for condos: “A century of thirst outlasting two or three world wars/One hundred year old beer halls that do not exist no more.” On the potent cowboy folk song, “S Lazy H,” Lund, a 6th generation rancher, details how life on the ranch has changed due to expansion and greed: “Sometimes right isn’t equal, sometimes equal’s not fair/There will soon be rows of houses on that ridge over there/Many lifetimes of labor will be all but erased/So shed a tear and look skyward, God help the S Lazy H.”

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