Home | Audio Reviews |Audiophile Shows | Partner Mags News

Enjoy the Music.com Review Magazine
The Duhks
Fast Paced World

Review By Steven Stone
Click here to e-mail reviewer

  The Duhk's music is the very essence of contemporary "roots" music. They combine instrumental and vocal textures from folk, blues, country, and soul with the rip-roaring energy of rock and roll. Their Juno-winning combination of youthful vigor and acoustic grit has won legions of fans in both the US and their native Canada.

On their fourth album the Duhks introduce a new front-woman, Sarah Dugas, to replace their original lead singer, Jessica Havey. Given Havey's strong visual and musical presence (it's hard not to notice and remember a bald-headed chick festooned with tattoos who belts out songs like Bono on growth hormones) integrating a new vocalist into the band can't help but produce some rather profound changes. Sarah Dugas has an eclectic musical background. Her last band, Madrigia, featured seven female vocalists and performed material from a wide swath of international cultural traditions. Dugas' wide-ranging musical experience serves her well in the Duhks. Her vocals on "ToujourVoulour" demonstrate her vocal power and delicacy. Sure, she can belt with the best of ‘em, but Dugas' primary strength is her subtlety and ability to deliver a nuanced performance. Tania Elizabeth's fiddle, Jordan McConnell's guitar and Christian Dugs' percussion have more room to create musical textures than on the band's earlier efforts. The current band roster also has greater range and musical unpredictability. Instead of organic white soul they focus more on Celtic melodies and middle-eastern polyrhythms.

The Duhks keep a grueling touring schedule, transversing from Canada to Australia through Europe across the United States during the festival season. In an effort to minimize the negative environmental impact of all this globe-trotting the band has launched "The Duhks Sustainability Project" at www.greenduhks.com. They tour "as sustainably as possible – Biodeael, local organic farmers, and sustainable eco-conscious clothing." Personally, I've always thought that naked was the most ecologically-correct attire, but I digress. At least they are trying...

Given their busy performance schedule, dedicated festival-goers will have maple opportunities to see the band live. But for more sedentary music fans Fast Paced World serves up a healthy helping of the Duhks special sauce. The results are more than ducky…

 

 

Enjoyment:

Sound:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     
 

Quick Links


Audiophile Review Magazine
High-End Audio Equipment Reviews

 

Equipment Review Archives
Turntables, Cartridges, Etc
Digital Source
Do It Yourself (DIY)
Preamplifiers
Amplifiers
Cables, Wires, Etc
Loudspeakers/ Monitors
Headphones, IEMs, Tweaks, Etc
Ultra High-End Audio Reviews

 

Videos
Enjoy the Music.TV

 

Columns
Editorials By Tom Lyle
Viewpoint By Roger Skoff
Viewpoint By Steven R. Rochlin
Various Think Pieces
Manufacturer Articles


Show Reports
The HiFi Summit Q2 2021
T.H.E. Show 2021 Report
The HiFi Summit Q4 2020
The HiFi Summit Q2 2020
Bristol Hi-Fi Show Report 2020
Florida Audio Expo 2020 Show Report
New York Audio Show 2019 Report
Capital Audiofest 2019 Show Report
Rocky Mountain Audio Fest (RMAF) 2019
High End Munich 2019 Show Report
AXPONA 2019 Show Report
Zagreb AV Show Report 2019
CanJam Singapore 2019 Show Report
Salon Audio Montreal Audio Fest 2019
Click here for previous shows.

 

Other
Audiophile Contests
Cool Free Stuff For You
Tweaks For Your System
Vinyl Logos For LP Lovers
Lust Pages Visual Beauty

 

Resources & Information
Music Definitions
Hi-Fi Definitions

 


Daily Industry News

High-End Audio News & Information

 

Partner Print Magazines
audioXpress
Australian Hi-Fi Magazine
hi-fi+ Magazine
HIFICRITIC
HiFi Media
Hi-Fi World
Sound Practices
VALVE Magazine

 

For The Press & Industry
About Us
Press Releases
Official Site Graphics

 

Contests & Our Mailing List

Our free newsletter for monthly updates & enter our contests!

 

 

    

Home   |   Industry News   |   Equipment Reviews   |   Press Releases   |   About Us   |   Contact Us

 

All contents copyright©  1995 - 2021  HighEndAudio.com and Enjoy the Music.com®
May not be copied or reproduced without permission.  All rights reserved.