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Boomkat Product Review:
Returning to Warp for a second long-player, Canadian trio Born Ruffians present their sophomore long-player. Their debut album, Red, Yellow & Blue birthed single 'Hummingbird', which managed to catapult the band to some sort of fame and notoriety, chiefly because of its high profile use in TV licensing. The band's no frills knack for upbeat guitar pop gained them comparisons to the likes of Vampire Weekend and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, but for this follow-up full-length the band adopt a less nagging and less immediate sound. At first much of Say It seems to be a curiously anonymous, low-profile affair, but tracks like 'Sole Brother' underline this record's appeal. You might have to cogitate and deliberate on the matter a little, but sooner or later the intricate charms and covert melodic nuances of the band's songs begin to reveal themselves. Upon first hearing single 'What To Say' it would be easy to think the track might have been selected as a kind of low-key anti-single, willfully eschewing the 'Hummingbird' style exuberance that surely awaited us somewhere on the eventual album tracklist. Yet no, Say It is a decidedly more bashful pop album than that. Much like 'What To Say', the playlist as a whole proves to be a real grower whose delicate charms only becomes fully apparent after a few run-throughs. Compared with prior form there's generally a better and bolder use of space within the band's power-trio dynamics; the guitars retreat slightly, leaving the drums develop and occupy a little more room on tracks like 'Oh Man' or 'The Ballad Of Moose Bruce'. The dried out, up-close production style is fairly brave too - especially in these garagey, lo-fi reverb-loving times - and the appeal of jaunty, jangling affairs like 'Retard Canard', 'Nova-Leigh' and 'Higher Higher' is all the more resounding for eschewing any fashion-conscious presentation. A solid sophomore outing that coyly resists going for the pop jugular, Say It is well worth investing some time in.