Band: The Tragically Hip
The Hip had their start in the early 80s with rollicking, meat ’n potatoes rock and roll but over the years they’ve evolved into something else entirely - their muscular rock roots are still very much present but there’s also a sheen of refined understatement and keenly honed artistic vision. 1996 saw the release of Trouble In The Henhouse, the band’s fifth full-length album. Flamenco is the fifth track in, setting a quietly reflective, blue-tinged vibe. It’s a emotionally searing song steeped in brooding ambivalence and gently distraught imagery. The rolling waves of guitars, bass and drums expertly cradle Gord Downie’s poetic, zen-like musings about love and grace. It’s an enigmatic, utterly compelling song that gets under your skin. It also neatly represents the kind of intricate nuance the lads from Kingston Ontario are so superbly capable of. Check out the live version of Flamenco below - one of several renditions you can find on YouTube.
Posted by Max MacDonald