The following was originally published on Exclaim.ca.
At Odds (Or, Exercises in Separation While United in the Fall)
By Jessica Lewis
Releasing this record four months after they initially expected to must have been rough for Fox Jaws, but maybe it was for the best. This album is a testament to hard work and the sweet affirmation that comes with. At Odds finds itself as an end-of-summer showdown between uppity urgency that craves more adrenaline and moments of calm reflection towards the good and bad. While it may take some time getting used to Carleigh Aikin and Dan Allen’s pipes (according to their website bios, they enjoy smoking), they sit comfortably in the fast progressive structures and almost-arena rock. “Two By Two” and “Ahab’s Ghost” are the major works of art by the restless guitars and “The Enabler” does well directed by the keyboard. Often labelled as small-town heroes, after raising the band in Barrie then relocating to Alcona, Ontario, Fox Jaws have successfully filled out into all parts of At Odds‘ confident city sound. (Nevado)