Hailing from Vancouver, Id Guinness’s album came out last year. The only reason I heard of it was because Ryan arranged for a copy to come into my box after he picked it as the best underground album of 2007. And boy am I grateful! Id Guinness, who has in the past made music with the likes of kd lang and Randy Bachman, among others, makes anthemic rock songs that recall the best of Roxy Music, David Bowie, INXS, U2, Fiona Apple . . . All those folks who make “important”
songs with heavy themes and larger-than-life riffs. And yet, at the same time, “Cure for the Common Crush” sounds oddly small, oddly humble, oddly unique. Singular. That’s the word I’d use to describe it best. The first track, Rising River, is instantly familiar and compelling. As is the second track, the third, and on and on. It’s easy to see why everyone who hears this record wants desperately to share it with their friends.
Check it out.