Joel Kroeker, Melodrama, True North

Hopefully Wil has a chance to listen to Joel Kroeker’s Melodrama, as this is how a debut album should sound. From the ironically titled lead track Endings, Melodrama sinks its hooks in deep and holds you there. Kroeker’s brand of melancholy pop-rock is similar to that of Sarah Harmer, a contemplative reflection of recent events. Where Wil was cold and bland, Joel Kroeker is familiar without being generic, his downtrodden sound is friendly and warm, without being too upbeat. Melodrama is an album for those cloudy mornings, when you’re not sure where the day is going to take you.

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A proud and over-caffeinated husband, father, runner and writer. I've written for the local weekly The Coast for over a decade and have since taken to creating and writing for HAFILAX for even longer. I hope you enjoy the musings of a guy who has loved music for the better part of 4 decades, and has an album of concert tickets to show for it.