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Red Umbrella - 'Wishing For Boardwalk'

Red Umbrella - 'Wishing For Boardwalk' - The Basics

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Red Umbrella - Wishing For Boardwalk

Red Umbrella - Wishing For Boardwalk

Courtesy of: Provident
  • Style: Modern British rock
  • 13 Songs
  • Release Date: 5/2/2006 on 7 Spin Music

Music With a Message

Canada's own Red Umbrella has hit the U.S. with their debut release, Wishing For Boardwalk. Listening to their music, it's pretty apparent that the band members grew up with a lot of U2 and the Beatles on their stereos. Not that Red Umbrella is a knock-off band ... because they do put their own unique spin on things ... it was just a bit unexpected. Lead singer Jeremy Michaelis adds a kind-of "new age" vocal sound to seriously retro sounding music. Don't get me wrong, his voice isn't bad, and neither is the music - it's just one of those experiences that you struggle to adequately describe!

What isn't a struggle at all is the message. They may not be using Jesus' name in every song, but it doesn't take a Ph.D. to figure out what they're talking about.

    "I wish life wasn't pain and I could learn to pray, oh Lord please teach me how." - From title track, "Wishing for Boardwalk."

Stand out tracks include:

  • "Straight Jacket" - this tune shows that the band does indeed know how to rock.
  • "Run" - life changes drastically when you've come to Christ - and this song is all about that change.
  • "Wishing for Boardwalk" - very upbeat and popish, this song has deeper meaning than the title suggests.

The Bottom Line

This isn't the everyday stuff here ... the music is different enough that it is pretty hard to categorize and it really grows on you the more you listen to it.

Red Umbrella - 'Wishing For Boardwalk' - Track Listing

  1. Storm Warning
  2. Straight Jacket
  3. Already Won
  4. Home
  5. What About Me
  6. Run
  7. Trade Your Dreams
  8. Elevator
  9. Wishing For Boardwalk
  10. Slide
  11. Broken Hearts
  12. Saving Grace
  13. Tonight
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