Gord Downie, Introduce Yerself
The year is closing with legacy releases of varying sorts — final testaments from the departed Gord Downie and Sharon Jones, and life reviews from Angel Olsen and the duo of Judy Collins and Stephen Stills. Downie’s well-planned and comprehensive Introduce Yerself
leaves us with 23 songs crafted by the Tragically Hip lead singer as he was dying of brain cancer. Many were recorded in one take, and each is dedicated to a particular person, though Downie keeps his subjects anonymous. There is a conscious finality and reminiscing in these songs, which would threaten to make the album a bleak effort. Yet Downie finds ways to discover hope in reviewing a life he knows he will soon leave, and offers listeners a testament that somehow allows everyone to let Downie go with a smile.
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Tragically Hip, Paul Weller, The Sadies