Luke began working on the album in between recording the Born Ruffian’s latest album, Say It, in 2010. He recorded songs at multiple houses in Toronto and Montreal. The time put into the album shows very strongly in Rhythymnals. To say this album is great would be a huge understatement.
The true sign of a great record is if the first single is one of the worst songs on the album. Not to say that the first single ‘Undone’ wasn’t good (because it wasn’t), it’s just a testament to the record if all other songs on it surpass it.
Rhythymnals is the type of album that will continue to be enjoyable after every listen. The songs on the album flow together and sound optimal if listened to from first to last.
Every track on the album has a different aspect, from the opening song ‘Grand’ – an introduction to the weirdly unique electric drum sounds, to the closing song, ‘A Great Man’, which simply features just a piano, a guitar, and Luke’s soft voice.
Rhythymnals is a triumph that will please long time Born Ruffian’s fans, while also gathering in a new crowd. We can only hope that Luke Lalonde is around creating more music for a very, very long time.