Neighbourhood review by Grayowl Point

If there’s anything that the band seems to be firing ideological missiles at, it’s the banks. From the song title “All Give Thanks to the Banks of America” wafts fumes of irony, but it may be the most instrumentally interesting track, switching gears so many times it’s hard to tell what’s playing. At times it sounds almost jazzy, but with guitars, and it later evolves into a full-on jam. There’s even more ire in first single “All the Dollar Bills Sing Hallelujah,” written from the point of view of bankers who strike it rich on the backs of those less fortunate.

by Michael Thomas
September, 2013

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Neighbourhood review by Belleville Intelligencer

The Gertrudes have some kind of beautiful identity crisis, or perhaps the eclecticism is part of what defines the sound of the band. In addition to the ten band members there are an additional nineteen guests contributing vocals, horns, strings, marimba, doppler, heartbeat and organ.

The sum is even greater than the broad collection of shimmering parts. Is it appropriate to paraphrase Gestaltist theory in a record review? Neighbourhood is a modern Canadian Pet Sounds.

by David Reed
September, 2013

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Neighbourhood review by americanaUK

The economy is a strong subject on this album but also is the need for family and friendship. Imagine Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs crossed with Springsteen’s Wrecking Ball and you may be halfway there. That said, it is the music that spurs us on with All Your Stars reching for the epic and never seeming to end whilst Water On The Body reeks of emotion. This is only the first half of the album, there is more to come.

by Martyn Coppack
October, 2013

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Six Jars named one of “five songs worth a listen” by The Globe and Mail

Thoughtful, breezy and with the wonder of Cockburn, the Kingston folkestra sings gently about the remedies that get you through the night.

(November 2011)
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Sarah Greene chooses Till The Morning Shows Her Face To Me as one of her 2011 Top Ten!

At times they sound like Ontario’s answer to Belle and Sebastian, except on top of the guitars and banjos and orchestral arrangements they’ve added what they call spectral processing (fuzzy audio samples from their neighbourhood).

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NOW Magazine reviews Till The Morning Shows Her Face To Me

Over 100 Kingston musicians, including PS I Love You and the Queen’s Symphony Orchestra, pitched in on the band’s 2010 debut, Dawn Time Riot. Their sophomore album, Till The Morning Shows Her Face To Me (Apple Crisp), is more subdued and sees the core group gathering in tighter.

By Sarah Greene
(December 2011)

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Exclaim’s review of Till The Morning Shows Her Face To Me

The Gertrudes deliver another eccentric selection of modern folk music on their second full-length. But the Kingston, ON mega-band have pulled back on the tempos since last year’s frenzied debut, Dawn Time Riot. Although they’re still a wild kitchen party, at times, most of the album is of a quieter bent, more suitable for an afternoon on the couch under a handmade afghan. This is an album that’s beautifully representative of all of contemporary folk’s finest features.

By Rachel Sanders
(November 2011)
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Torontoist’s Sound Advice reviews Till The Morning Shows Her Face To Me

Till The Morning exhibits immense musical versatility. Look no further than the title track for proof: “Derby Girl” starts off sounding like a frenetic Nick Drake, then sounds a bit like a Canadiana Talking Heads with a killer ’90s-alternative-rock chorus, lamenting a breakup with a riot grrl.

By Robin Hatch
(December 2011)

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