Album Review: Hey Rosetta! – Seeds (Deluxe Edition)

By on Wednesday, 25th April 2012 at 12:00 pm

‘Seeds’, the third studio release from Newfoundland, Canada’s Hey Rosetta! is getting a deluxe reissue. Happily, vocalist Tim Baker reminded me of a favorite now defunct Irish band, Vega 4, so I listened to the album with fondness. Hey Rosetta!’s sound is a blend of finely tuned acoustic performance, with full fledged orchestration mashed with the sound of a full throttle guitar band. This is because while the core band consists of the standard guitar band line-up, there is a permanent strings section as well.

I started out liking the tunes quite a bit, but the album did not hold up to repeat listens as well as I would have hoped. I found it curious that so many of the songs started out sonically in one direction and then wound up completely different by the end. That may occasionally be the hallmark of advanced and experimental song crafting, but it does not come across like that here. I felt more like the music was trying to do too many things inside a single song. Perhaps if a few of the songs had been separated and spliced to others, I would have found more satisfaction.

That is not to say that it’s rubbish either. It isn’t. In fact, what I like about it, I like quite a bit, including singer Tim Baker’s voice. It traverses the distance between gentle crooning to amped up earnest wailing effortlessly. Lyrically, the songs are mature and full of message. And while they can’t help draw comparisons to their countrymen Arcade Fire with their indie tinged balladeering, they do make a separate path for themselves.

The first single ‘Welcome’ is a message to the unborn child of a friend, “I was just sitting with them, talking to the unborn baby in a sort of cynical, joking way. You know, like ‘stay in there as long as you can, kid. Sorry, but it’s a mess out here…’ and so on.” Despite that message, the songs ends up with an understanding that despite the troubles this world presents, it’s always the next generation who has the opportunity to make it better. The video for ‘New Sum (Nous Sommes)’ is a gorgeously rendered cartoon take on the standard performance video, complete with a not so subtle message about the interconnectedness of us all.

This new deluxe version contains three acoustic versions of tracks on the album. These acoustic versions are just brilliant and make deluxe version worth the purchase. Because this treatment keeps the songs simple, it takes away any of the disconnect that occurs when the sound changes so dramatically in the studio versions.


This deluxe edition of Hey Rosetta!’s ‘Seeds’ will be released in America on the 1st of May on ATO Records.


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