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Classic Album Review: Edwin & The Pressure | Edwin & The Pressure

The I Mother Earth frontman turns in one of the finest albums of his career.

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This came out in 2002 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


For some people, pressure is a good thing. For former I Mother Earth singer Edwin, it’s a great thing.

His new backing band The Pressure have helped him draft the finest album of his career, and perhaps one of the strongest, most distinctive Canadian rock records of the year. Much like Tom Wilson’s Planet Love CD from last year, Edwin’s new material puts the modern in modern rock — the swaggering arena-rock guitar riffs, heavy-handed funky drums and Edwin’s hoarse, restrained vocals are cut, pasted and polished to a high-tech gloss thanks to plenty of studio trickery. But all the sizzle doesn’t come at the expense of the steak. Superhoney and The One That Got Away come with razor-sharp hooks and radio-ready grooves that merge glam, grunge, U2 and The Stones without sounding derivative of any of them. Here’s hoping Edwin stays pressured for some time.