Album review: The Northern Pikes, Secrets of the Alibi (1988)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, SEPT. 2, 1988

By Steve Newton

These young whippersnappers from Saskatoon really blew me away with last year’s overlooked Big Blue Sky album. Fortunately, their latest release is even better, and it shouldn’t be long before the Prairies’ most underrated musical resource hits the big time.

From the opener, “Place That’s Insane”, through to the closer, “Hole in the Ground”, the Pikes come up with totally infectious pop-rock that sports insightful lyrics and memorable arrangements. Dynamic instrumentation, super production, and go-for-it energy suggest that this album can’t lose.

 

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