The Trews - Hope & Ruin
An album title has never been as oddly appropriate as with The Trews' Hope & Ruin. It all starts in confident fashion with the straightforward, hooky rock of 'Misery Loves Company' before 'One By One' showcases a softer side of the Canadian rockers with its delicate rhythm. 'People Of The Deer' swiftly follows and contains some great funk rock posturings and hope is raised that what follows will be a varied, exciting record. Unfortunately that soon descends into a series of wet rock efforts that quickly become tiresome, leaving the whole album in ruins despite its positive start. Probably the biggest compliment/insult (depending on your viewpoint) you can pay the likes of the title track, closer 'You Gotta Let Me In' and the dreary 'Dreaming Man' is that you can easily imagine them sound tracking the latest American teen drama series - and who knows, maybe they already have. A couple of efforts rise above the mire with 'The World, I Know' prompting 70s flashbacks and 'Love Is The Real Thing' being an unashamedly cheesy slab of country rock but, overall, the only thought you're left with is "meh".