Album review: Cabin Fever

Courtney Dickson, Contributor Ω

Fans had been waiting almost three years to hear the latest album, Cabin Fever, from Corb Lund and the Hurtin’ Albertans. The Canadian alternative country music star and his band released their seventh studio album in August.

The 12-track album relies heavily on the musical stylings of the Hurtin’ Albertans (Kurt Ciesla, Grant Siemens and Brady Valgardson). They focus largely on the use of guitar and other string instruments to create their old-time Western feel. The sound of the Hurtin’ Albertans mixed with Corb Lund’s diverse vocals creates the perfect alternative country album.

“September,” the first single off Cabin Fever, tells the story of a lover leaving the quiet prairies for a fast-paced life in New York City. His sarcasm towards the situation in the chorus is actually quite humorous, intentional or not. The guitar is reminiscent of something heard in an old Western film and Lund’s reference to the Rocky Mountains creates a sense of connection for Canadian fans.

“Mein Deutches Motorrad” translates to “My German Motorcycle,” which is exactly what the song is about. With a swing-like sound, this song is more upbeat than the featured single. The introduction sounds similar to the classic 1980’s rock song, “I Love a Rainy Night” by Eddie Rabbitt.

Lund and the Hurtin’ Albertans effectively use the lyrics and instruments to tell the story of life on prairie ranchland, though at times stereotypical of a group of Albertans. The sixth song is actually titled “Cows Around.”

The style of the album is a mixed bag. From yodeling to electric guitar, there is something for every listener. Fans of a traditional country sound will not be disappointed.

Lund will be going on tour promoting Cabin Fever starting Nov. 16. He will hit Vancouver on Dec. 12 and 13.