The following was originally published on Exclaim.ca.
By Jessica Lewis
All right, it has to be said: front-man Benjamin Grubin‘s voice sounds as if Justin Timberlake was born some five years later, with one heck of a taste for indie pop. Is that a problem? No, but it makes for some interesting mental images while listening to this band. With that aside, Hockey’s debut album is extremely catchy, coordinated, dance-favoured rock, especially “Work, “Song Away” and “Preacher.” However, this album gives way to the feeling that it might take a bit longer to make a lasting impression, especially with random folk-themed song (where Grubin loses Timberlake and tries to nail down personal hero Bob Dylan) “Four Holy Photos” in the middle. (Capitol)