Source: CBC | Music
100 greatest Canadian albums ever
#76 – Album: Play (1997)
Artist: Great Big Sea
“In 1998 I was working on a movie in Canmore, Alta., about an ice hockey team. It was a set full of bonding sessions, late night sing-alongs and early morning anthems on black ice. It was Kevin Durand who took it upon himself to introduce the rest of us to a band that he was completely passionate about. That passion infected all of us, and the songs of Great Big Sea formed the unofficial soundtrack for the experience. The mix of traditional songs, covers of unlikely contemporary artists (R.E.M., Colin Hay) and original songs was compelling, melodic and so deftly sung and played that it was just undeniable: here was a very great band indeed.
“I have often said that the Alan Doyle song ‘How Did We Get From Saying I Love You’ should be a standard known to the world. To my heart, it is one of the greatest pop songs ever written, up there with Elvis Costello’s ‘Alison.’ I continued to follow the band, and just this year GBS are on their 20th anniversary tour. Somehow, if circumstances were slightly different, Play should have been the album that made them all superstars the world over.” — Russell Crowe