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Boomers, The - 1991 What We Do

ARTIST: Boomers, The
ALBUM: What We Do
SERIAL: CD 74515
YEAR: 1991
CD REISSUE: 2004, Alma, ACD14252


LINEUP: Ian Thomas - vocals, guitars, keyboards * Bill Dillon - guitars * Peter Cardinali - bass * Rick Gratton - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 The Matter With Me * 02 Love You Too Much * 03 One Little Word * 04 I'm Alirght * 05 Never Going To Let It Go * 06 Wishes * 07 When You're In Love * 08 Rise Above It * 09 Dirty Love

The Boomers was a project which initially looked to be an extension of Ian Thomas' solo career. A longtime resident in the Canadian melodic rock scene, Ian was looking to colloborate with people he'd previously admired, either playing with different artists or on recording sessions. Ian had cobbled musical relationships over many years, and the lineup assembled above is a culmination of that. Not happy with it being Ian Thomas solo + hangers on, they became The Boomers, playing a unique style, very different to Ian's own material, with his vocals heading off into Sting territory. They pursue an improvised and 'lets see where this musical style takes us' approach, in a way similar to the Hunter/Greer (Myles Hunter and Ken Greer) project a few years later. What is a constant is Ian's uncanny ability for melody and atmospherics. Some of these songs are so drenched in reverb that I'm sure they wouldn't be half as good if left with a flat sound.

The Songs
A good example would be the opening track 'The Matter With Me', swimming in atmospherics and a rather cool shuffle beat. 'Love You Too Much' is a punchy number a la the aforementioned Hunter/Greer. Take a listen to the gorgeous 'One Little Word', primed for a radio audience I'm sure. A melodic version of seventies era Rolling Stones is heard on 'I'm Alright', while 'Never Going To Let It Go' has whimsical lyrics that Robbie Robertson would be the proud owner of. The upbeat blues rhythms of 'Wishes' moves along at a steady clip. This in contrast to the rest of the album which is of a slower and more deliberate pace. If you can imagine watching a video where the scene is out in the desert, and the road is shimmering in the summer heat, and you've got the music to match, then some of The Boomers songs would be good candidates.

In Summary
The album itself didn't set the world on fire locally in Canada, and it was left up to Germany to really get behind the band and give them a boosted profile. Success was soon on the way with their follow up albums. An interesting band, with a style out of left field. For those who have heard the excellent Hunter/Greer album, then you'll probably appreciate what The Boomers have to offer.

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#1 | sir lord baltimore on April 23 2009 11:22:36
Unfortunatelly, not as good as Ian Thomas solowork.
#2 | reyno-roxx on September 28 2013 17:34:51
Not a Thomas classic, but an enjoyable record nonetheless. The subsequent releases were pretty decent efforts too.
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