The song "What's Wrong With Lumme", featured on the compilation Johnny Hanson Presents Puck Rock Vol. 1 was cited by The Hockey News as being one of the Top 20 Hockey Anthems of all time." Live, Ford has shown himself to be an engaging performer equally at home with the acoustic folk set (Ford has been a featured solo act at Canadian folk festivals including Vancouver and Winnipeg) or sharing a club stage with a hardcore band; alone or with longtime rhythm section Keith Rose (Hard Rock Miners, Huevos Rancheros, Roots Roundup, Bocephus King) and David Macanulty (Royal Grand Prix, Paperboys, Sarcastic Mannequins). This lineup formed the backbone of 1999's 12-Step Plan, 11-Step Pier on Sudden Death Records, a refining and expanding of the musical terrain mapped by the previous release. Tom Harrison of The Vancouver Province called it "Formidable", while NoMeansNo's Rob Wright called it "Stentorian." Exclaim called it "a punk 2112 for the Millenium" and went on to compare it favourably to The Rocky Horror Picture Show Soundtrack.
In early 2002, Ford entered the studio with producer Michael-Phillip Wojewoda (Rheostatics, Barenaked Ladies, Ashley MacIsaac, Change Of Heart, Jane Siberry, and many more) armed with his strongest collection of songs yet and a cast of thousands including members of a goodly number of the above-mentioned groups. Arrangements represent a paring down of the density that characterized the last couple of releases in favour of a more evenly textured approach recalling symphonic composition. Indeed, many of the songs from the forthcoming record feature as their primary aural signature chamber ensembles of brass and/or string players. Recording proceeded at a relaxed clip, allowing time for reflection and adaptation.
Ford is enthusiastic and confident that this is his finest outing to date. Michael agrees. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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