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Hope and Ruin
The Trews
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Reviewed: 4/19/2011 by Ryan


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The music industry feeds the rock genre and sub-genres the same things over and over again. Mainstream rock had a post-grunge movement… whatever that means… then over the past few years after Hinder broke out we got treated to the sex, drugs, and rock ‘n roll cliché again. Now it seems like we’re going to go through the ‘indy credibility’ phase of rock music. It might not be bad, we’ll have to see how it goes. The problem with The Trews is they’ve never belonged. They never made the type of music to go along with the masses. The music was too ‘rock’ to be grouped with post-grunge. It wasn’t void of intelligence so it couldn’t be put in with the sex, drugs, and rock ‘n roll movement. The ‘indy credibility’ thing could work out, but it’s not quite far enough out there to go into that grouping. So that’s where we’re at with The Trews, damn good band, not sure where they fit in the grand scheme of things. Regardless of that, the band is too good for fans of great music not to enjoy. Every album they’ve released has had at least two unbelievable songs, songs that will be in playlists for years. The band's latest album, “Hope & Ruin” is no different. The title track is an amazing piece of music that headlines the album. The guitar work done on that song is excellent and the message in the lyrics is a cool one too. “I’ll Find Someone Who Will” is a steady rock track that you’ll be able to listen to on repeat. And “Burned” and “Love is the Real Thing” show off Colin MacDonald’s voice. Both of those tracks also remind us of where the real roots of rock music are… the blues. Those types of songs aren’t made by most anymore; it’s cool that The Trews still take the time to do it. There are a few boring moments on this album, that’s really the typical album from these guys, but the good far outweighs the band with “Hope & Ruin.” Not everyone will like every song on this album and most people will like some more than others. But isn’t that what an album is about? You’ll find songs on this album that you’ll love your years, we can guarantee you that.

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