The Whitsundays

Album Title: The Whitsundays
Release Date: January 22, 2008
Genre: Rock
Edmonton’s The Whitsundays have put together a fine little self-titled debut album that is modern and retro all at the same time.

Though one certainly has to appreciate the 1960’s vibe that the quintet borrows heavily from in order to produce the sound off of The Whitsundays, things are kept in the twenty-first century with singer’s Paul Arnusch’s vocals and their English garage rock style. Arnusch’s voice is breathy and controlled, which can be taken as both an advantage and disadvantage for The Whitsundays: Arnusch knows what works best with the music and how to maintain the feel of the album throughout the record’s 10 tracks, but simultaneously, his voice barely shifts from song to song. He sings in a similar vein on the whole disc – but thankfully, the songs themselves are different enough so that you’re not lost in between the tunes.

Tracks to note: the guitars of “Falling Over”, the dreamy and slow-paced “I Want it All” and the instrumental moodiness of the “Whitsunday Morning Theme” that closes off the record. The Whitsundays is like taking an enjoyable trip to the past without ever having to leave what you already know and love in the present.

Writer: Stephanie Ng Wan

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