Only subterranean routes will get you to certain places. Broken (and other rogue states) is the hand-held camera of country music. In Broken we hear none of the predictable twists and turns, nor are we sedated with needless repetition. Instead we experience the visceral unfolding of melody and backlit refrains, every song channeling the most electric moments of a day. Broken (and other rogue states) is the dawn of country verité.
Throughout his most accomplished work to date, Broken (and other rogue states), Luke Doucet masterfully effects wonder in the familiar and familiarizes the foreign. Coming together with his band like a zipper closing, he features just as many artists as there are teeth in a Levi’s fly.
With three Veal albums under his belt (Hot Loser, 1996; Tilt O'Whirl, 1999; Embattled Hearts, 2003), a smash solo debut (Aloha, Manitoba, 2001), a live album (Outlaws, 2004), and an armful of notable producer credits including two albums each by NQ Arbuckle and Melissa McLelland, Luke Doucet indelibly brings his sensibilities to all projects as a visionary and the pioneer of a new movement in music. Spearheading a modern genre, country verité is Luke’s rogue angel. Fallen from tradition he walks in time, on earth, from the heart in technicolour. Broken (and other rogue states) is Luke Doucet’s most revolutionary work yet. It is the beginning of a new era for artists and fans everywhere.