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
Format(s) I own it on: Vinyl
This 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.
“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.
Sadly “Phoebe” is not a song about the character from Friends. Also sad is that it’s just a plainly boring song.
|16.25 (81%) | 3.75 (19%)|
|6.8 (34%) | 9.53 (48%) | 3.66 (18%)|
| 3 (43%) | 0 (0%) | 2 (29%) | 1 (14%) | 0 (0%) | 0 (0%) | 0 (0%)
0 (0%) | 0 (0%) | 1 (14%) | 0 (0%) | 0 (0%) | 0 (0%)
- There’s no harpsichord that I noticed on the record, but there should be. [↩]