UNDERGROUND ALBUM OF THE YEAR" Long-time readers of this blog will recall that I introduced you all to Id Guinness way back in August of last year. During a night of insomnia and some intense web-surfing I found his songs. While I won't say it was fate - it was certainly a happy accident. The man makes great music! The Vancouver artist has been working slavishly on the album he just now releases. Id Guinness releases a treasure in "Cure for the Common Crush" - an amazing and most original release which could prove to be Canada's underground album release of the year! (It's got my vote.) We are very lucky that I count Id Guinness as a friend; it has allowed me an unprecedented level of access to his songs - two of which I share with you today! Id and I stayed in touch as he worked slavishly over this new album. Over the weeks he has provided me with early samples of his work. I was always impressed with his progress, but nothing could prepare me for just how profoundly good the new record album ("Cure for the Common Crush") is overall - the package is greater than its individual parts. It's hard to believe this is a first entry into what could be a very incredible career. Listen for yourself and pickup this album. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED MUSIC” - Ryan Spaulding

Ryan's Smashing Life

ID GUINNESS – CURE FOR THE COMMON CRUSH sparklepromotions.com/idguinness Id (rhymes with Syd) is a Canadian deep-thinking troubadour who somehow makes the sounds of his life fuse together and work. The big, intense production of 70s Pink Floyd, Roxy Music and David Bowie are invigorated by new wave invention and melded with white hot Asian and Eastern instrumental styles. Id's songs are wide-open anthems, deftly layered and textured over bitter-sweet lyricism, the soundscapes evoke images of travels to the Earth's darkest corners, and beyond. ”

Fuse Magazine, UK

Okay, I’m just going to come right out and say it: Id Guinness’ Cure for the Common Crush is one amazing piece of art. If I were forced to narrow him down to one particular genre, I’d say Guinness falls into the progressive, psychedelic rock category reminiscent of 70s art rock acts like David Bowie and (more blatantly) Pink Floyd. Although trying to pin his work down to a specific label defeats the sprit that embodies it. The beauty of this CD comes in its ability to completely break down genre walls and incorporate a variety of different styles into one respected album. I’m not sure I can remember the last time I heard a CD as diverse as this. Starting with “Rising River,” Id Guinness introduces an almost funk-rock backing rhythm with a very original guitar lick that instantly drew me in. Next, “The One That Got Away” switches to a tighter, more classically inspired background flow. Before you become accustomed to that, “Jade Garden” brings a traditional Chinese erhu (look it up) into the mix that does wonders to set the mood for a song rich in Asian imagery: She says trust your intuition the universe is guiding your life You’ll get nowhere standing still Every excess becomes a vice Your money’s no good here, she said Lotus flowers filled my head Jasmine leaves were what she read. While Guinness’ varied arrangements are the album’s main draw, it’s easy to see how his composition can be just as impassioned. This imaginative trend continues throughout the rest of the album, with each song bringing something different to the table. From the harder rock of “Down to Earth” to the 80s inspired sound of “Always Crashing in the Same Car,” Cure for the Common Crush makes sure you never hear the same thing twice. What keeps the album from feeling too consecutively different or disjointed is Guinness’ steady vocal rhythm and lyrical styling. He seems to know exactly how to tip-toe the genre line, rather than falling right over it like many would. However, on occasion the general similarity in the rhythm and flow of the choruses gives the impression that the songs would feel comparable without the creative background styles. Granted, this isn’t the case for every song and is a minor complaint considering the effort put in to the techniques experimented with. All in all, this is an extremely solid, well-produced album that should not be missed.” - Thomas D. Szewc


Id Guinness comes seemingly out of nowhere with an electrifying and eclectic album. He takes myriad influences and somehow weaves them all together. The storming opener "Rising River" recalls U2's stadium anthems but with a mystical undertow that's the singer's own. "Jade Garden" sounds thrilling and exotic like an early Peter Gabriel track, but with an Asian instrumentation. The title song is a powerful piece of writing recounting the sheer force of love. Musically it recalls the seventies era of Pink Floyd, without being a ripoff. It has its own soul. A cover of Bowie's "Always Crashing In The Same Car" is well chosen and apt. It's clever not to go for the big hits with an artist like Bowie. This version is a bit more ragged and atmospheric than the original. Id Guinness is an artist with a talent all his own and an album to treasure.” - Anna Maria Stjärnell

— Luna Kafe, Sweden

Cure for the Common Crush is the cleverly titled debut album from Vancouver progressive rocker Id Guinness. The album has received heaps of praise from the online rock community, including a "Top 25 of 2008" spot from Indie-Music.com. An eclectic collection of songs, Cure for the Common Crush takes equally from '70s progressive rock and the '00s indie underground. Dark FM radio overtones meet with a well placed smattering of horns to create the prog feel. Guinness also seems to make it his mission to singlehandedly resurrect the lost art of the guitar solo (it's about time if you ask me). Those elements are contrasted with an often lo-fi aesthetic an Mercury Rev-like cinematics. Vocally, Guinness shifts back and forth between Ben Gibbard high nasal tones and decadent Berlin-era Bowie. From time to time the melodrama of the album can become a tad overbearing. For example, "The One That Got Away" sounds a little too close to Pink Floyd's "Welcome To the Machine" for my comfort (mostly because I hate Floyd). While labelling it one of the best albums of 2008 may be a stretch, one can't help but admire Guinness for taking a musical genre that had been left for dead and dragging it into the 21st Century. Guinness' second album, Soul Envy, is on track for an August release. Best tracks: "I Have Seen the Future", "The Joke” - Peter Kearns


There are CDs which are able to catch your attention from the very first strains of the opening song, and that is exactly what Id Guinness does on his debut album Cure For The Common Crush. The opening tune Rising River has a haunting opening, the song being somewhat dark musically, over which Guinness' voice, one with a sort of British feel, carries a truly beautiful song. Impressive start. Of course the key is making sure it's not one good song, and then nadda. Well fear not on this one folks, Guinness keeps it coming throughout this 13 cut CD. The second song, The One That Got Away, has another killer musical intro. Again moody and rich, Guinness' voice still shines through. By the time the second song is finished, you will be hooked. You will realize you have found a gem. This guy combines it all. The lyrics are compelling, the music rich, deep, moody and full. The arrangements are lush. The voice smooth, with that sort of British undertone – think a twist of David Bowie, who interestingly he lists as an influence. The result is pure WOW! Now I might have guessed this would be good considering Guinness has been performing with the Wyrd Sisters of late, and they are perhaps the best, yet sadly not widely know groups in Canada. I can tell you that they must have taught Guinness well, because at times there are times you can see slight similarities in approach, although fear not this guy has his own beautiful sound as well. Songs such as I Have seen the Future, Down to This and The Joke are other cuts to watch, although in truth any one of these are pure gold. Check him out at www.idguinness.com and buy this CD.” - Calvin Daniels

Yorkton This Week

Just for his influences alone, I would be intriqued by Id. He has named all my favorite modern recording artists and my two favorite world musics. This CD just has to be good. Rising RiverThis song sounds deliciously retro. It kind of reminds me of The Fixx one of the classic 80’s new wave bands. The production is very modern and full sounding. The guitar soars over the refrain “Love Ya baby”. What a beautiful track. The One That Got AwayAn Eleanor Rigby string intro, sparse drums build up into a full arrangement letting Id’s voice soar over top. Jade GardenThis CD really harkens back to more innocent age where singer/songwriers ruled. This song has that Greg Lake word play and metaphysical theme that people don’t really write about in todays music. I Have Seen the FutureI have not read anything about how this CD was produced, but I get the feeling that Id played and sang on every track. Down to This This is my favorite track so far. Starting out with a vocal/guitar verse it slams into a huge chorus with heaps of vocals. Cure for the Common CrushTrippy and epic like a great Pink Floyd song. I have to say that Id wears his influences on his sleeve which is not a bad thing. It’s as if he is writing the best songs for all his favorite bands. Always Crashing in the Same CarThis would be the Peter Gabriel song that he never wrote. Wonderful, trippy and the mix is huge. NegativeOne thing I like about the sounds of these songs is that they use lush reverb so that the vocals float over the instruments. Modern mixes seem to have that really dry, in you face sound. Ok, so this the Psychadelic Furs with a better vocalist. I really love the layered choir of voices. Good stuff. The Joke…and the powerful ballad that Phil Collins never wrote. This is a really lovely song. The backup female vocals are a nice touch. BeachesA lush piano, soprano sax intro opens up this followed by a heavily effected vocal. I hate to make comparisons, but this track sounds like Al Stewart meets Thomas Dolby. Love the soprano sax solo. Beautiful GoodbyeYou don’t hear people using synths like on this song’s intro any more. The drums have that gated reverb, Phil Collins sound that I really like a lot. I love the way the bass and drums drive this track. 25 WattsGreat song. I have nothing else to say. Wailing Wall What a magical introduction. Such a beautiful wash of sound. I would use just this part for a film or one of those magical car commercials. I was sort of hoping that this would stay an instrumental. Sort of Emerson, Lake and Floyd in flavor. What a great sad, acid flashback. Getting out my bong I think. Oh that’s right. I don’t do that anymore. Oh well. If you like Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Pink Floyd and all those progressive and new wave bands and artists of the 70’s and 80’s, you will love this CD. I do. If I had one complaint, it would be that I would like to hear more Id instead of his influences. But, this is really wonderful mix of songs and textures and it sounds extraordinary.    ” - Keith Kehrer

Kamakaze Music Blog

Id Guinness (rhymes with Sid apparently) is a solo artist of some acclaim in his native Canada having won particular praise for his work on a famine relief record, particularly the track “Open Your Heart” Citing influences that include Pink Floyd and Peter Gabriel (among others) and you can see this musical heritage throughout the tracks here, some of the guitar tones and phrasing in particular coming almost directly from the fretboard of David Gilmour circa 1975. Once you look beyond the obvious Floydisms there is an intriguing album to be found here; there are a multitude of 70's musical motifs to be found, with only the white reggae influences of “Rising River” and slightly hip-hop stylings of the title track hinting at musical styles from any other decade, but you can feel the sense of craft being employed. The songs have a very cohesive and polished feel to them and the arrangements and production are absolutely spot on. Pink Floyd fans who bemoan the fact that Roger Waters is no longer in the band  can be thankful that Id Guinness at least is making modern music that evokes the best of the Waters era, and is accessible enough for the casual listener to find something to appreciate also.” - John Lewins

Hard Rock House, Germany

Blimey, it's all gone a bit seventies melodic prog around here! Even more surprising as it seems that Mr Guinness has been knocking around the wilds of Canada since the early eighties, a time I associate with bad ties and worse music. But perhaps the horrors of the New Romantics never got that far as this sampler takes on us a tour around the better moments of Asia, the Moody Blues and Pink Floyd. Two of which are good things. The five tracks I was sent are all enjoyable with nary a dull moment in sight. CD opener 'Rising River' is a bit of a misleading start, as it's the least proggish of all the tracks, but it's not long before the Steve Hackett guitar lines are starting to sweep in from all sides. Further down the line on 'The One That Got Away', it's Dave "David" Gilmour who pops in to leave some influence behind, something that comes to a peak on the title track 'Cure For The Common Crush'. The songs are full of swooping, soaring melodies, designed for stadiums and spaceship props. Hopefully, with the recent rejuvenation of the lush seventies sound, there will be some room set aside for Mr Guinness and his pompous-free pomp.”

Zeitgeist, Edinburgh

ID GUINNESS Cure For The Common Crush (album sampler) According to his PR Id's new album fuses mid 70's influences of Roxy, Bowie, and Floyd with Asian and mid Eastern instrumentation and a smattering of new wave. It sounded a fairly noxious concoction, but perhaps surprisingly it's a damn good piece of rock. The sort of stirring melodic guitar rock that someone like John Wetton or latter period Asia could have come up with. And that's no bad thing, even if audiences for the genre are somewhat dwindling these days. Which makes Id Guinness well worth exploring if you're a classic rock fan. The One That Got Away draws heavily on Gilmour, while Cure For The Common Crush is a thinly veiled homage to Comfortably Numb which even gets some Clare Torrey-like female wailing thrown in for good measure. Now that's what I call music. ****” - Pete Whalley

Get Ready To Rock

Id Guinness is a Canadian singer-songwriter who has put together a really interesting album that is heavily influenced by 70's artists like Roxy Music and Pink Floyd. The album opens up with 'Rising River', which is heavily produced with a really thick sound. The song gives you a fair indication on what to expect from the rest of the album. All the songs on the album are very melodic. 'The One That Got Away' is a great example, with a fabulous string arrangement that adds power to the track. To show his versatility there are also some good rockier numbers such as 'Beautiful Goodbye' and '25 Watts'. The final and standout track is 'Wailing Wall'. Very atmospheric and Floyd-esque, the song sways around a repetitive lyrical line that makes the track surprisingly interesting and an enthralling six minutes. The album does take a couple of listens to really get into and is more for Sunday morning than Saturday night. There has clearly been plenty of thought put into the album and the variations in sounds make it a very interesting listen.” - Chris Audsley

Leeds Music Scene