4. Partner, In Search of Lost Time (You’ve Changed)
Rock music needed an album like this so badly: something with volume, power, gigantic hooks, humour, and poignancy, if only to reassure me that the music is in the capable hands of a new generation of kids who have a thorough understanding of what rock music rock, and who adhere to that formula with a sense of unbridled joy. Hailing from Windsor, Ontario (by way of Sackville, New Brunswick) the duo of Josée Caron and Lucy Niles brought a refreshing approach to indie rock on Partner’s exuberant debut album. It had been so long since I heard a debut rock album this good that I sat there in shock while listening. Indebted to the robust melodic rock of Veruca Salt, the effervescent power pop of Cheap Trick, and the guitar-driven aggression of Thin Lizzy, Partner’s music is witty, loud, and extremely catchy, best exemplified by the boisterous “Gross Secret”, the hilarious “Everybody Knows”, and the contagious “Play the Field”. In an era where the “rock” label has been applied to male groups who know how to do anything but, these two young women have helped breathe new life into the genre, and it’s only a matter of time before a much larger audience catches on. To wax hyperbolic a little (no pressure or anything) this band is the future of Canadian rock music, and I can’t wait to hear what they do next.