Recollection Volume 20 – Avenue Road

Recollection is a project to review my record collection. I will listen to an album I own and review it. The album will be chosen randomly by computron. Today computron chooses… 

Album: Avenue Road
Artist: Kensington Market
Released: 1968
Format(s) I own it on: Vinyl

Avenue RoadThis is a strange album. Kensington Market, named after the famed market in Toronto, decided to name their debut record after a street nowhere near the Market they derive their name from. Avenue Road is also the strangest named street in Toronto. Is it an avenue or a road? Make up your mind, Toronto!

The album is a strange mixture of British Invasion-styled pop, rock and roll, medieval faire-fare, psychedelia, and schmaltz. It’s almost as if Graham Nash took a hit of acid, visited a medieval faire, started dancing around until he found a harpsichord1.

This album seems to be an endeavour to create a Canadian reaction to the British Invasion, but there’s so much missing. There’s no soul, there’s no grit, there’s no sense of style. The album also is a child of its time. While other ’60s bands, like The Beatles, were able to stand the test of time, listening to Kensington Market is almost a chore due to the dated and overly stylized production.

Highlights

“Beatrice” aaaah! This song isn’t great, but it’s worth a mention, because it’s silly and a bit ridiculous. It could almost be a song written by Charlie on It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia.

Lowlights

Sadly “Phoebe” is not a song about the character from Friends. Also sad is that it’s just a plainly boring song.

Men 16.25 (81%) | Women 3.75 (19%)
Canada 6.8 (34%) | USA 9.53 (48%) | UK 3.66 (18%)
Ontario 3 (43%) | Quebec 0 (0%) | Nova Scotia2 (29%) | New Brunswick 1 (14%) | Manitoba 0 (0%) | British Columbia 0 (0%) | Prince Edward Island 0 (0%)
Saskatchewan 0 (0%) | Alberta 0 (0%) | Newfoundland and Labrador 1 (14%) | Northwest Territories 0 (0%) | Yukon 0 (0%) | Nunavut 0 (0%)
  1. There’s no harpsichord that I noticed on the record, but there should be. []

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