If you feel the need for some “adult contemporary,” if you like Cory Branan‘s sparser stuff or Jackson Browne‘s early records (for the record, Jackson Browne made like five perfect records and any reference to him from me should come off as a huge endorsement), you should check out the latest from Canadian pop-country artist Royal Wood.

It’s kind of harmless and still pretty funky–the soundtrack to how I’d imagine a Canadian version ofย True Bloodย would play out. All that’s disappointing is a few of the songs have really similar hooks, which means that several of it’s 13 tracks could have been culled. Overall Glory is a beautiful, romantic record, especially the first handful of songs. It’s just really repetitive. Affecting ballads will affect you the first time; the first rocker you hear will stick by you, but the rest will rock just the once.

Royal Wood – Release Me
Royal Wood – The Fire Did Go
Royal Wood – The Thick Of It

Find out everything about the record, including links to buy it from iTunes and Maple Music (Canadian distribution, exports to USA), from Woods’ website here.

Author: Mike Ostrov

Mike Ostrov relays the history of popular song on message boards and under rocks.


  1. My toddler fell asleep in the recliner while I was listening to the tracks you have up. While that is probably -not- a good endorsement for the album, it does mean I am headed over to itunes to buy a few tracks for her ‘get the kid to sleep already’ playlist. You (and Royal) are my ‘yes, yes, I actually get to sleep tonight’ heroes of the day. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    If I had a radio show (snerk) I would have ‘road songs day’ and the show would always begin with Browne’s The Road. Danny O’Keefe wrote a great song and Browne sang the hell out of it.

    1. Awesome! Pop songs should serve a purpose outside of clubs. I know how valuable that playlist must be to you.

      All the best to your family and thank you for reading!

  2. This is, by far, my favourite album of the year. Royal Wood is an INCREDIBLE artist (I hope you get the chance to see him live one day!) and this album is brilliant. I could listen to it all day long and not get bored ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’ve even chosen a Royal Wood song as my first dance for my wedding in May ๐Ÿ™‚ (It’s from a previous album)

    Love it when you feature Canadians! ๐Ÿ™‚ (Though I’m not sure about your True Blood assessment… some of us Canadians are edgy! haha)

    1. Royal Wood is pretty great. I heard about him because he was mentioned in Carolyn Mark’s cookbook. I assumed from the name he was a band, not a man.

      Joel Plaskett and John K. Samson reviews are coming soon and I’m stoked about Corb Lund’s album in a few weeks and Carolyn Mark’s album coming in September. Canada’s had a good year, as always.

      Congrats on your wedding!

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