Sheena Lyonnais over at Toronto Music Scene hit the nail on the head when she said City Of Light is “destined for wine and tear-soaked nights alone in the city.” This is a country album for city folks, if there ever was one.
We’ve been conditioned to anticipate misery from The Wooden Sky—they were once called Friday Morning’s Regret and their last album was titled If I Don’t Come Home You’ll Know I’m Gone—so expect lines like “All that defines me is a place where I welcome death” to be the norm, here. A familiar lonely-dude perspective prevails, but singer Gavin Gardiner isn’t pining over mislaid women; on the contrary, he’s hopelessly lost in spite of their presence.
Further proof that the best country music is three chords and the truth. Testify!