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The Novaks – Things Fall Apart

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Band: The Novaks
Album: Things Fall Apart (2009)
Genre: Alt Rock/Rock
Influences: Tom Petty, Sloan, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, The Faces
Label: Sonic/Warner
Rating: 5/5
By: Darrell Shelley


Davis has done his classic rock homework on this album. A step above their self titled 2005 release in both production and song writing skills, it’s clear that The Novaks are evolving into an unstoppable Rock n Roll machine. Vocals and lyrics that throw back to electric Dylan and early Tom Petty, with a rhythmic backbone supported by Dicks and Neary will make you jump up and say “YEAH BABY it’s about time!”.

It’s about time that a Canadian band delivered a real Rock album, instead of the all the carbon copy cat Nicklebacks out there, who simply don’t ‘get it.

The Novaks do ‘get it’ and with a very authentic style to boot!

The first track “Why Wonder?” caught my attention and by the time I reached track three “There Goes The Night” I was hooked.

There are some dark elements of riff based early metal in the track “Destroyer”, which I simply loved.

Later the album brightened up, when “Under Those Wheels” & “Leave Me Alone” came on I thought I was listening to The Stones. It’s clear that these boys have spent some time listening to early Rod Stewart/Ronnie Wood (The Faces), and everything that came out of England during the second blues invasion.

Thrown in a blender with some early 90s CAN rock (Thrush Hermit & Sloan) and you’ve got a band that knows how to Rock out with dignity!

Word on the street is that a new album is on the horizon for 2012, for now you can check out their 2011 EP “Big World”.

information and downloads are available on the bands website

The Good: Great production! Amazing hooks and musicianship. A real Rock n Roll album that deserves respect.

The Bad: A touch more work on back up vocals would have been nice

The Ugly: Nothing ugly about this record! Unless you don’t like Rock n Roll…


by: Darrell Shelley

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