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Two Hours Traffic

Territory

(Bumstead; US: 9 Aug 2009; UK: 9 Aug 2009)

Review [20.Sep.2010]
Review [23.Sep.2009]

When listening to Territory, the third full-length from Two Hours Traffic, you can’t help but think that if you cut the young members of the Charlottetown quartet, they’d bleed the salt water of Canada’s east coast. It’s not just the band’s chunky power-pop medleys, a remarkably regional sound that reveals these guys as good-old eastern boys. On Territory, it’s the themes of the record that allow Two Hours Traffic to show its true colors. Lyrically dense, Territory proves an admirable evolution for the band with a collective age that hovers around 100. Mature rockers, such as “Weightless One”, showcase the band tackling heavier themes than on previous releases, and it’s Two Hours Traffic’s ability to grow accustomed to the struggles young bands face that really aides Territory and gives credence to the band as artists.

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Joshua Kloke is a music writer and hopeless Toronto Maple Leafs fan who splits his time between Melbourne, Australia and Canada. He's contributed to The Vancouver Sun, Exclaim!, Beatroute, Beat Magazine, Time Out and veri.live.


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Theirs is jangly guitar rock dressed in the lustre and sparkle of a pastel era. In some ways it's a more authentic and less deliberate stab at the same territory that Weezer rocked.
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Territory, which finally sees a proper US release with bonus tracks, is a fun record, while not entirely groundbreaking or earth shattering.
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An album that should have been a sweet Friday night party instead skips the entire weekend.
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