Arts & Crafts,
Four years after his last album, The Place Where We Lived, hearing Hayden's Us Alone is like a visit from a melancholic friend you haven't seen in a while. People change and times change, but the core of what Hayden is as a musician and an artist hasn't changed much since he first tweaked the Canadian music consciousness, achieving a bit of airplay on MuchMusic with his first "hit," "Bad As They Seem." That song, and the album it came off of, recounted the frustrations of being in your early twenties, of having a shitty job and no one to talk to and living with your parents for too long, in the same way that Us Alone recounts the frustrations of a man with a kid who won't go to sleep, a wife he sometimes argues with, a man who feels obligated to be an adult and have all the answers and who gets upset when he doesn't.
Hayden's frustrations are our frustrations, his confessions are our confessions, expressed in a way we cannot. But when it slips around you there's a relief you can feel, like what he's saying is what you're thinking and now that it's been said you can let it go.
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