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Albums Of The Week: Sam Roberts | All Of Us

The Montreal rocker refuses to fall into dystopian despair on his seventh release.

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “After teasing fans with new music all summer, Sam Roberts Band finally released their latest studio album All Of Us.

All Of Us arrives in the middle of a global pandemic — and fittingly, album opener Wolf Tracks immediately dumps us in the Covidian wilderness, socially distanced from the pack, scattered and alone. Where does the path lead? To a version of the abyss that holds promise? This twilight-set album is not, however, radically optimistic so much as it refuses to fall into despair. Throughout this heartbreaking journey, Sam Roberts Band move emphatically towards the 21st year of the 21st century, where life isn’t just passing us by, it’s coming at us with a chainsaw and an eviction notice. In this swirl of malevolence, salvation arrives not in the narrow kinship of the wolf pack, but in a much larger program of solidarity. The clue is in the album’s title: All Of Us.

The first single from the album, Ascension, is a genuine arena-rock stomper that soared up the rock radio charts this summer and hit the top 20. Earlier this summer, the band also played a sold-out drive-in show in Ottawa as a part of Bluesfest 2020. Since 2002, Sam Roberts Band have dominated the airwaves, selling out shows, and sharing the stage with legendary bands like AC/DC and The Rolling Stones. Delivering one of their strongest efforts yet, All Of Us is a compelling body of work from a band whose future continues to unfold.”