Review – Rodney DeCroo

Album: Old Tenement Man
Release date: May 5, 2017
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Genre: Rock/Roots

Canadian creative powerhouse Rodney DeCroo is wowing with his latest album, Old Tenement Man. Building on the foundation of his 2015 album, Campfires on the Moon, Old Tenement Man is a 13-track storytelling extravaganza that stresses DeCroo’s vocal mastery and expert lyricism.

The album kicks off with track “Jack Taylor”, a drum-heavy, downbeat-steady song with a distinctly Country twang to the vocals. With unflinching lyrics, a splash of tambourine, and a soaring guitar riff spicing up an otherwise steadfast rhythm, “Jack Taylor” concisely sets up the audience for what to expect from Old Tenement Man: a true-to-its-roots joyride that bounces between gritty rock n’ roll tracks and twang-y Roots clap-along’s.

Mid-track romp “In the Backrooms of the Romance” is the most prime example of those clap-along’s— DeCroo’s easygoing timbre and the infectious strum of the guitar in the background makes for an irresistible, distinctly summery foot-tapper with a nostalgic twinge to the lyrics that will appeal to fans of The Sheepdogs and Counting Crows.

Rodney DeCroo is touring across Canada this summer starting this May, and with a release as hot as Old Tenement Man, it’s a tour not to be missed.

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My name is Emma Sloan, and I am a Victoria-based freelance journalist. I have been a contributing writer for North Vancouver’s Community Report, The Martlet, and the Greater Placemaking Network of Victoria, and that list is being added to every day. Follow me on Facebook and Instagram for writing updates and news.