Published Oct 14, 2020Almost four years since the release of TerraForm, Canadian rock favourites Sam Roberts Band have returned with All of Us — an album that speaks to the pain of being human in a much bleaker world. But it's not all doom and gloom — after all, fans know that SRB have a penchant for crafting songs that integrate both despair and hopefulness, lyrically and musically.
"Ascension," the upbeat rock song, was inspired by some of the punk music greats, and is what SRB describe as "a call to action" and "a song to motivate and climb above the chaos that surrounds us." With a combination of heavy grooves and trippy ambience, "I Like the Way You Talk About the Future" is just as energetic and hope-tinged.
Similar to 2016's TerraForm, there is a satisfying mix of slow, medium and fast tracks throughout All of Us — for those who enjoy the softer SRB songs, look to "War Chest," which is filled with warm imagery and a realization that, "Without love, where would we be? / Nowhere at all." "Spellbound" is saturated with Roberts' radiant voice, while "Youth" leans into nostalgia: "I've been dreaming of the days of my youth."
On the comforting title track "All of Us," Roberts promises, "I will follow you to the end of the road / No, you'll never be alone," conveying an indelible message of togetherness.
Sam Roberts Band continue to bring forth a sound that's consistent yet refreshing, and while All of Us is reflective of current times, their music has always had the power to do that naturally — it's what makes them such a solid group. (Known Accomplice)