On this, their eighth studio album, Blue Rodeo
continues, quite frankly, pretty much as they always have. This is not necessarily a bad thing, as they produce fine country-rock music, but some new sounds would not be bad either. Principal writers Greg Keelor
and Jim Cuddy
both released solo efforts since the group's previous studio release (Tremolo
, 1997), and while neither solo albums were classics, they did attempt new sounds, especially Keelor
. However, they returned to their tried and trusted formula for Days in Between
. The playing is tight and professional, and their remarkable harmonies and strong melodies are all present. The problem is that any one of these songs could be on any of their albums, and by the end of this CD all of the tracks begin to sound somewhat too familiar -- no surprises. Fans will not be disappointed, and indeed enthusiasts of the country-rock genre will enjoy this release as well. Yet when all is said and done, one cannot help but feel somewhat disappointed, since the band fails to live up to the potential demonstrated on earlier releases.