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Frontier Index

Frontier Index

Rainbow Quartz

Review By Liz Brant


Gentle reader, when was the last time you had a good yearn? If you can’t remember (or just don’t want to), then get out your hanky; Toronto quartet Frontier Index has joined the alt-country scene, breaking out the harmonica and aching enough for the whole lot of us. The album starts out with a couple of weak tracks of generic power-pop, but later redeems itself. While Frontier Index are clearly capable of producing catchy (though admittedly predictable) pop-rock, they really shine when the songs slow down and the slide guitar comes to the forefront. Couple that with drawling, heart-heavy vocals about love and loss, and you’ve got a country-inflected album that just happens to be gosh-darn easy on the ears. I, for one, can’t wait until Frontier Index take another step out of the full-to-bursting Canadian pop-rock roster and just let it twang. Yee haw.